The O’Fallon Police Department took custody of a Fort Zumwalt West High School student this morning after the student was found with a handgun.
The 16-year-old student was “found to be in possession of a .38 caliber revolver and two .38 caliber bullets at the school,” police said.
The gun was not loaded.
The student was taken by police to the St. Charles County Juvenile Detention Center. An investigation is ongoing.
The Fort Zumwalt School District released the following statement:
Parents of students at Fort Zumwalt West High School have been notified that, early this morning, a student reported to an Assistant Principal that a fellow student was in possession of a weapon at school. The School Resource Officer and the Assistant Principal immediately interviewed and searched the suspected student and discovered an unloaded handgun. The student, a juvenile, was also in possession of two bullets. By 9 a.m., the student was taken into custody and transported to the St. Charles County Juvenile Detention Center.
Safety is our No. 1 priority at Fort Zumwalt School District. Thanks to the timely report to school officials, there was never a threat to anyone at West High and the school day was not disrupted. Nonetheless, we understand the concern this incident might create in our community. “We ask for continued parent and community support in discouraging young people from bringing weapons of any sort, or toys that resemble weapons, into our schools,” says Superintendent Dr. Bernard DuBray.