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A loaded handgun was found in a fifth-grader's backpack at an East Baltimore elementary school Thursday, officials said.

Baltimore City Public Schools Police were called to William Paca Elementary School before the start of the school day, when a school administrator reported finding the gun in the student's bag, school system spokeswoman Edie House-Foster said.

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The school is located at 200 N. Lakewood Ave. in McElderry Park.

The student, who not identified, was taken to the Department of Juvenile Services, House-Foster said.

No further information was released.

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