WENTZVILLE, Mo. - A student at Holt High School in Wentzville was found carrying a loaded handgun in his backpack in class. Authorities are praising another student for coming forward and alerting officials about the situation.
The incident all unfolded in a matter of minutes on Thursday morning at Holt High. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but parents are certainly concerned and investigators are still trying to figure out why the student brought a loaded gun to school in the first place.
The school was never put on lockdown but an alert was sent out district-wide.
"There's a full range of things that could have happened," Wentzville School Superintendent Curtis Cain said. "What counts is the student knew 'I need to say something, I need to say something' and the student did that. Very, very proud of that student for doing that."
Authorities say a student got a text message and also heard from another student that a student on campus may have had a gun.
The student immediately reported it. The school notified the on-campus school resource officer, who works for the Wentzville Police Department.
Authorities removed the student from class, checked his backpack, and say they found a loaded semi-automatic Glock handgun.
The student was taken into custody and turned over to juvenile authorities.
Investigators say they don't know why the student had the gun but Wentzville Police Chief Kurt Frisz does not believe a school shooting was imminent.
"I don't think it was a threat to the school. Those are the things our officers are looking into is why, number one, where did the student access the firearm from and, secondly, why did he bring it to school," Chief Frisz said.
Whatever the case, parents are worried and authorities say the student who came forward did the right thing.
"I'm shocked, very shocked. It's very unnerving for a child to do something like that," said parent Ella Noski. "It's scary."
This is the third case in just over a week of a student at a St. Louis area school bringing a gun and ammunition on campus.