OAKVILLE, Mo. – A 17-year-old Oakville High School student is in police custody after bringing a gun to campus Wednesday.

In a letter to families, staff, and students, Principal Brian Brennan said the school received a tip that a student might be in possession of a gun at school.

Brennan said the school was about to be placed on lockdown, but the student was identified and removed from their class. A school resource officer confiscated the firearm and detained the male student while police were contacted.

“My child texted me and he was kind of freaking out,” said parent Crystal Covington. “Then I went through the email and read the email. It probably happened within 10 minutes of him texting me and I receiving the email that they got the kid and the gun and everything, so they were on top of it.” 

According to Officer Adrian Washington, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, this all happened around 9:30 a.m.

There were no specific threats made to students or staff at school, Brennan said.

“It’s a scary situation, and I don’t know what’s going on with society,” said parent Mary Jacovi. “But it’s very scary.” 

Washington said the student has been remanded to St. Louis County Family Court.

Brennan thanked the students who brought the matter to the school’s attention. The student who brought the gun to campus will be disciplined “in accordance with Mehlville School District policy.”

Classes went on as usual at Oakville High School on Wednesday, and county police provided additional officers to the school as a precautionary measure. 

“I think it’s scary and horrible,” Covington said. “I don’t even know if I want my kid going to school anymore, given what’s going on and what happened in the city. It’s horrible. It’s a tragedy.”