ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - A student at McCluer High School was arrested Wednesday morning after bringing a loaded gun onto school property.
According to Jana Shortt, a spokeswoman for the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the student in question told a classmate about the firearm, who then alerted a teacher. The student, a 15-year-old male, was brought to the administration office, his schoolbag searched, and the firearm confiscated.
It remains unclear what the student's motive or intent was in bringing the weapon to campus. Police and district officials say he had no previous history of trouble or issues with bullying.
The student is in the custody of juvenile authorities. He will face expulsion from school.
McCluer High School will send students home with the following letter:
Dear McCluer High School Family,
I am writing to inform you about an unfortunate incident that occurred today, in which a loaded gun was recovered from a student on our campus.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., we received credible information that a student was in possession of a weapon. The student was immediately detained in the school office and searched. A loaded firearm was recovered.
The Florissant Police Department was contacted, and the student was taken into custody and charged. According to police, there is no indication that the student intended to use the weapon on school property.
Providing a safe environment that allows children to learn is our first priority. In addition to the criminal charges, the student will face immediate disciplinary action in accordance with the District's policy for weapons offenses. According to the District's Student Code of Conduct, a student may not possess, transmit or handle any weapons on school property, and expulsion proceedings will be initiated for any student in possession of a firearm on school property.
Thank you for your continued support,
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