EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - A Metro East high school was searched by police for guns and drugs after two students were caught with a gun on Wednesday.
East St. Louis police were at East St. Louis Senior High with search dogs Thursday morning searching lockers for guns and drugs. Authorities say a 19-year-old and a juvenile were taken into custody after a loaded gun was found in a backpack of one of the students.
Police Chief Michael Floore called the incident disturbing and said his department would do their part to make sure students inside the high school are safe.
"We want to make sure students are safe and that there are no more guns," said Chief Floore. "This has to be a safer environment."
Police were inside the school with several officers from East St. Louis and Centreville and 3 to 4 police dogs. Authorities say the operation was planned after Wednesday's arrest and the school district was in full cooperation.
While police officers were searching parts of the building, students were not allowed to leave their classrooms. So far, police have not yet found any weapons or drugs.
The school district says the students are facing expulsion.