An 11th grader who was supposed to be on suspension for fighting earlier this week entered Lincoln High School yesterday morning with a loaded 9mm handgun, district officials said.

The teen, who entered through a cafeteria door while a delivery was being made, was stopped on the second floor when he was spotted by a staff member, said James Golden, the district's chief safety executive. He was taken to the school police office, where the gun was discovered in his possession.

The 17-year-old was arrested by city police and charged with having a weapon on school property, Golden said.

School officials were not sure what the teen's intent was or why he entered the school shortly after 9:30 a.m.

"We're obviously very concerned because he was on suspension, not due back until next week. Why would he appear on Friday with a loaded firearm? Those are the poignant questions," Golden said.

The school, at 3201 Ryan Ave. in the Northeast, was not put on lockdown, and no one was injured, Golden said.

The student, who is involved in a feud with another group at the school, had been suspended for fighting Monday and was not due to return until next week.

The incident was the second involving a gun in or near Lincoln in the last month. Police arrested two teens in April who had a loaded .45-caliber gun a block and a half from the school.

Golden said neighborhood rivalries have spilled into the school and caused conflict in recent months.

The student has been suspended for 10 days with the intent to remove him permanently, Golden said. "We're going to step up security at the school," he said.

A letter was sent home to parents yesterday notifying them of the incident.

Contact staff writer Susan Snyder at 215-854-4693 or ssnyder@phillynews.com

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