Gun found in student's backpack at Hazelwood elementary school

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 4:52 PM

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV) – St. Louis County Police are investigating after a gun was found at a Hazelwood elementary school.

According to Keeven Elementary School officials, a student brought an unloaded gun to school, hidden inside a backpack on Thursday.

Another student spotted the weapon and reported it to staff members at the school.

Bullets were also found inside the backpack.

A school resource officer was called and took the student into custody.  No one was injured in this incident.

School officials sent a letter home to parents and guardians making them aware of this incident.

 

Dear Keeven Elementary School Parents/Guardians:

I want to provide you with the facts regarding a situation at our school.

Today, a student brought an unloaded gun to school in a backpack. Another student took the gun out of the backpack and hid it in his classroom. A third student reported seeing the gun and reported this information to her teacher. A school resource officer was notified and took the students involved into custody. The weapon was never used in a threatening manner. The students involved will be disciplined according to our District’s Behavior Guide.

We work very hard to create a culture in which students, staff members, and parents feel comfortable alerting the principal or other school officials when they see or hear anything that causes concern. I commend the student who reported the weapon to school officials.

School safety is a priority. As a parent, you can help us maintain safe schools by encouraging your children to share this type of information with you or an adult at their school. It is very important for all of us to keep an open line of communication and share crucial information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

 

Sue Fields

Principal

 

 

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