WENTZVILLE, Mo. - Less than a week after a deadly school shooting in Colorado, a handgun was discovered at Wentzville Middle School.
A letter sent home to parents Thursday explained that a school resource officer received word from Wentzville police that a student might try to bring a gun to campus. School administrators and the resource officer confronted the student and recovered an unloaded weapon. The student did not have any ammunition in his possession.
The district said the resource officer is the only person authorized to carry a weapon on campus.
The student was taken into custody and the Wentzville police are continuing their investigation.
Administrators said they don't believe the student meant any harm anyone at the school. However, the student will be subject to the school's disciplinary guidelines.
"I don't know if it was a 'show and tell' type of thing for the kid but I also believe that maybe he should have known that bringing a weapon to school in any way shape or form is completely unacceptable," said Trevor Lovall, an eighth-grader at Wentzville Middle School. "Especially in this day and age and what just happened recently with all the other violence that's happening at schools around the country."
Lovall said there was no formal discussion with students about the matter but he said the school often conducts intruder training. The last such training event occurred about three weeks ago.
There was no interruption to the school day during this incident.
This is the note the Wentzville School District sent to parents:
"We want to make you aware of a situation at Wentzville Middle School this morning. The School Resource Officer assigned to Wentzville Middle School alerted administrators at the start of school today that the Wentzville Police Department had reports of a student who potentially had a weapon at school. Administrators and law enforcement immediately located the student and confiscated the weapon, which was unloaded, and the student had no ammunition in their possession. The weapon and the student involved are in police custody. There was no interruption to the instructional day, and we want to stress that we do NOT believe there was any intent to harm anyone at the school. Please know that student and staff safety is always our primary concern and we take violations of this kind very seriously. The student involved will be subject to consequences per our disciplinary guidelines. We are grateful to students who did the right thing and alerted law enforcement, as well as our Wentzville Middle administrators and the Wentzville Police Department for the quick and safe resolution."