FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) - Florissant police said a 15-year-old boy brought a loaded pistol to McCluer High School Thursday morning. He had enough bullets to kill more than a dozen people, fortunately no shots were fired, no threats were made, and no one was hurt.
Still, parents with children in the Ferguson-Florissant School District were upset, like Sherry Ivics. Ivics has two children. She said, “I think it’s ridiculous. I think they should do more to protect the kids.”
Around 8:30 a student informed officials that a 15-year-old boy brought a gun to school. The sophomore’s backpack was searched, and the loaded gun was discovered. Florissant Officer Andy Haarmann said they don’t know why the teen had the gun. “He hasn’t had any problem with any other student. He hasn’t any history with the Florissant Police Department. There’s no indication he was going to use it at the school, however he’s not saying why he had the gun,” stated Officer Haarmann.
Both police and school officials were pleased a student spoke up. Officer Haarmann added, “It’s always gratifying especially when a young person goes to an authority person at the school and says this isn’t right I want to let you know about it.”
He said the teen was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon and turned over to juvenile authorities. School officials are preparing to expel the student.
Some parents were pleased the way everything was handled. Sherry Reed said, “I’m not fearful of it at all. I think they handled it pretty well.”
But this Sherry Ivics has put her home up for sale she wants to move her kids to another district. She said, “The school district doesn’t do enough to protect the children.”
There are no metal detectors, officials have discussed them before but they are expensive and installing them would drastically change the mood at the school. The district teaches kids from when they are very young, if they see something wrong to tell a teacher.
The following letter was sent home to parents:
"December 18, 2013
Dear McCluer High School Family,
I am writing to inform you about an unfortunate incident that occurred today, in which a loaded gun was recovered from a student on our campus.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., we received credible information that a student was in possession of a weapon. The student was immediately detained in the school office and searched. A loaded firearm was recovered.
The Florissant Police Department was contacted, and the student was taken into custody and charged. According to police, there is no indication that the student intended to use the weapon on school property.
Providing a safe environment that allows children to learn is our first priority. In addition to the criminal charges, the student will face immediate disciplinary action in accordance with the District’s policy for weapons offenses. According to the District’s Student Code of Conduct, a student may not possess, transmit or handle any weapons on school property, and expulsion proceedings will be initiated for any student in possession of a firearm on school property.
Thank you for your continued support,