VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — School officials are encouraging families to remind their students about the consequences of bringing a weapon to school after a high school student brought a gun to campus on Wednesday.
The student who had the gun was not identified, but police say they were arrested after a school resource officer found the gun in the student’s bookbag. The SRO was conducting the search for an investigation that wasn’t related to a threat or reports of a weapon, police said.
The student was taken into police custody and parents and guardians received the following email after the incident:
This is Dr. Paula Johnson, Principal, with an important message about school safety. I need to make you aware that one of our students brought a weapon on school property today. Please be assured that everyone is safe, and the student involved is in police custody.
Families, please talk to your children about the important role they play in school safety. Remind them that weapons of any kind, even toys, are not allowed on school property for any reason. Having a weapon at school leads to very serious consequences. In addition, please tell your children that if they see something concerning, they should say something to an adult. Student safety continues to be the most important part of our jobs, and it is a responsibility that the entire Landstown High School staff takes very seriously. Thank you for your support.
The student was charged with possession of a firearm on school property and illegal possession of a firearm.
Several students have been found with guns recently at schools in Hampton Roads.
Earlier this week, a second-grader was found with a loaded gun at a Chesapeake elementary school.
On Nov. 5, Hampton Police confirmed a student arrived at Burbank Elementary around 8:45 a.m. with a loaded gun. However, there was no bullet in the chamber.
And a student was reportedly seen with a weapon on the campus of Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach in late October. The student was taken into custody and is facing charges, police confirmed.
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