Police: 15-year-old brings loaded gun to McCluer High School

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by KMOV.com Staff | @KMOV

KMOV.com

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 8:18 PM

(KMOV) – A McCluer High School student was arrested after he allegedly brought a gun to class on Wednesday.

Police say the 15-year-old suspect told a student he had a 9mm handgun in his backpack. The student then told a school resource officer.

Authorities say the officer approached the student, who handed the gun over.

The student was taken into custody and charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

The suspect has not been identified because he is a juvenile. 

Additional details were not immediately available.

Here is the letter the district sent home to parents:

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,

Gary Spiller

Principal

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