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Hazelwood West High School. (Credit: KMOV) Hazelwood West High School. (Credit: KMOV)
Reginald Moorehead arrested after allegedly bringing loaded gun to school on Wednesday. ( Credit: Hazelwood Police) Reginald Moorehead arrested after allegedly bringing loaded gun to school on Wednesday. ( Credit: Hazelwood Police)
HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A Hazelwood West High School student was arrested after he allegedly brought a loaded gun to school on Wed. Dec. 13.

According to Hazelwood Police, Reginald Moorehead was sent to the principal’s office after witnesses reported he was selling drugs on school property. He was brought to the principal’s office where he was searched. Officers located a .22 caliber pistol in a bag around his waist.

Friday morning, the 17-year-old from Hazelwood was charged with a felony count of an unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.

Principal Newell said in the statement that suspicious activity prompted a teacher to notify the school resource officer and administrators Wednesday morning. An investigation discovered that a student had a gun.

Good Afternoon Hazelwood West High Parents and Guardians,

This is Mr. Newell, principal at West High School. Let me begin by saying, all students are safe.

However, I want to make you are aware of an incident that occurred this morning in our school. Suspicious activity prompted a teacher to notify our SRO and school administrators. An investigation discovered that a student had a gun. The student was immediately taken into police custody. The student will be disciplined according to the Hazelwood Student Handbook and Behavior Guide. I want to thank our quick acting SROs, administrators, and teacher for immediately resolving the matter.

 The safety of our students and staff remains a high priority. Parents I’d like to take this opportunity once again to solicit your help in reminding your child not to bring weapons or toys that resemble weapons to school or on the school bus at any time. This message can also be found on our website and social media channels. Thank you

Following this incident, Hazelwood School District administrators formed a "No Weapons in Our Schools" Coalition to bring awareness to the local community.

Hazelwood Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart said that bringing 'one gun in any school is one gun too many'.

“Students can easily access guns legally or illegally. That said, students often do not fully understand the consequences of bringing guns to school and the negative impact on their futures,” she said.

At this time, Moorehead is currently being held on a $10,000 bond

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