Teens charged after gunshot fired on UCity High School campus

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Jordan Brown-Garner and Z’Core Hester-Henderson.

Jordan Brown-Garner and Z’Core Hester-Henderson.

UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) - Two University City High School students are being charged with unlawful use of a weapon after accidentally firing a gun in a school bathroom.

Police say the two students were playing with a loaded hand gun inside a small school bathroom when they accidentally fired it at 1:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon while class was still in session.

Police say Jordan Brown-Garner, 17, a junior, is the student who brought the loaded .380 pistol into the building.

His friend, Z`Core Hester-Henderson, 17, a senior, is the one police say accidentally fired the gun as the two passed the weapon back and forth.

The bullet hit the floor. Neither student was hurt and no one else was in the bathroom, which is located next to the front office, so administrators and security guards were able to respond immediately.

Police say Brown-Garner brought the gun to school to show if off and that it was given to him by a friend away from school property.

"Who brings guns to school?" said junior Kenesha Randle. "And then it goes off in a bathroom? What if someone got hit?"

District Spokesperson Pat Washington says they are taking the matter seriously, but consider it an isolated incident.

"It's unsettling to our staff, it is unsettling to the students, but one thing I can say is that because our systems kicked in so quickly, most of the students and most of the staff had no idea that anything had even occurred on campus," Washington said.

University City schools have previously debated the pros and cons of metal detectors and had decided not to have them in its schools.

The superintendent, however, is promising a full review of the district's safety procedures.