A Washington High School student was taken into custody after bringing a gun to school on Tuesday, May 14.
The Washington Community School District issued a news release Tuesday afternoon on its website as well as the district’s Facebook page alerting the public a student had brought a weapon onto school grounds. According to the release, “at no time was there a threat to the safety of students or staff members.”
The news release states the district became aware of information that a student may have had a gun on property.
“The District immediately followed up on this information, contacted law enforcement, and took measures along with law enforcement based on the information it received. As a result of the investigation conducted by the District and law enforcement, it was determined that a student was in possession of a gun on school grounds,” the release reads.
The student, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody and is being charged with possession of stolen property and carrying a weapon.
Washington Police Chief Greg Goodman declined to comment further, saying there were “no more details we can put out.”
On Wednesday morning, Washington Community School District Superintendent Willie Stone was asked if the school was looking into further safety and security measures. He stated the school was “reassessing” but could not provide further information at the time. He declined further comment on the incident.
Responding to the scene were the Washington Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s office and Washington Community School District personnel.