Handgun discovered in Hazelwood West student’s backpack


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HAZELWOOD, Mo. — A handgun and a magazine with bullets was found in a student’s backpack this morning at Hazelwood West High School, according to a representative from the school district. A phone call was placed to parents this morning about the incident. The district is not treating the situation as a threat.

Administrators were notified about the weapon from a family member. The person told them that there was a student on school property with a weapon.

A school resource officer located the student in a classroom.  The officer was eventually able to locate the backpack.

Hazelwood Police went to the school at around 8:00 am. They contacted the school resource officer who showed investigators the weapon. Police determined that the gun was reported stolen by the St. Louis City Metropolitan Police Department.

The 14-year-old student was taken into custody by Hazelwood Police. The teen is now being held by juvenile authorities.

There was no lockdown at the school and no threat to other students.

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