Gun on campus

Published 9:31 am Thursday, March 3, 2011

CREEKSVILLE — A Northampton County High School-East student has been arrested after allegedly bringing a gun and marijuana to school.

Meanwhile, law enforcement is crediting a school resource officer and school staff members for their response to the situation.

According to Northampton County Sheriff’s Chief Detective Capt. D.M. Harmon, Devin Scott Pallone, 17, was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies last Friday.

Pallone, of Bolton Road near Rich Square, was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, possession of property with an altered serial number, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Northampton County Jail where he was placed on a $5,000 secured bond.

Harmon said the charges stem from a tip received by Sgt. Altessie Taylor, a school resource officer at NCHS-East, that Pallone had a gun on campus.

“(Pallone) was searched and a small handgun was found in his possession concealed under his clothing in his waist area,” said Harmon. “Some ammunition was found in his pocket also along with a small bag of marijuana.”

Harmon said the suspect’s motive for bringing the gun to school has not been determined.

Pallone’s first court appearance was Monday and the case was continued until next Monday, March 7. Harmon said Pallone is still currently being held in the Northampton County Jail.

Meanwhile, Harmon recognized school officials for quickly bringing the situation under control.

“I would like to commend the school resource officer and staff for their alertness in getting this situation contained and as a result an arrest was made without incident,” he said.