Report of weapon on campus places Mehlville High School on soft lockdown

MEHLVILLE, Mo - St. Louis County Police say that Mehlville High School was placed on a soft lockdown Friday morning. Administrators tell parents that they received a report that a weapon may be on campus.

St. Louis County Police has told school administrators that the campus is, "all-clear." The soft lockdown has been lifted. Students are returning to their normal schedules.

St. Louis County Police say that they, "Investigated the possibility of a firearm being on the property (which allegedly occurred yesterday). A firearm was not located in our canine searches and we do not believe one is on school property. We are working with several juveniles that are involved in a dispute surrounding the incident and the investigation continues."

A weapon was later discovered off campus, according to police.

This letter was sent to parents of Mehlville High School students Friday afternoon:

"Dear Mehlville High parents, staff and students,

Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility today as we worked to ensure everyone's safety. I wanted to send you more information about what happened at Mehlville High School this morning.

Just after school started, a student reported there was a gun on campus. We immediately contacted St. Louis County Police and our campus went on soft lockdown. During a soft lockdown, students remain in their current classroom. Students may only move about the building under the supervision of a school staff member. During the soft lockdown, the police searched the school grounds. Searches revealed there were no weapons on the property. At about 9:30 a.m. our soft lockdown was lifted and students moved to their next class.

St. Louis County Police have informed us that the gun in question has been recovered off campus. The police continue to investigate and will be present on campus throughout the day.

I want to thank our teachers and support staff for the leadership they provided students and their flexibility with their instruction today. I also want to thank our students for their understanding, calmness and cooperation. Student safety is our top priority, and we will always take all reports and threats seriously. If you have any questions, please call me at 314-467-6000.

Sincerely,

Dr. Denise Swanger
Principal
Mehlville High School"