A Daniel Boone High School student was taken to Washington County Juvenile Detention Center on Wednesday after authorities confiscated an unloaded handgun the student had brought to school in a backpack.
School officials said Washington County School Resource Officers and Daniel Boone High School administration apprehended the student. They said the weapon was discovered after another student reported it to the school administration.
“After interviewing the student and a thorough investigation of the student’s statements, it has been determined that this was an isolated event involving only the student who brought the unloaded handgun to the school campus,” school officials said in a news release Wednesday afternoon.
“The unloaded handgun was confiscated and the student was taken into custody by a school resource officer and transported to Washington County Juvenile Detention Center. School officials are working with local law enforcement officials to manage the situation.
School officials said no threats were made against students, teachers or DBHS staff. They said that since the investigation indicated no other students were involved and there was no imminent threat to anyone, the school continued with a regular school day without incident. .
“We would like to thank the School Resource Officers of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Daniel Boone High School Administration, and especially the courageous actions of High School student Daniel Boone who contacted the administration about this situation,” said Tim Campbell, Daniel Boone High. School principal. “The courage of this student and the prompt attention of the DBHS administration identified and isolated this potential threat without disrupting the DBHS campus.”
Dr. Jarrod Adams, director of operations and public information officer for Washington County Schools, said, “It is thanks to the cooperation and training provided to our school system in coordination with the agency of Washington County Emergency Management and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department who assisted in the identification and isolation of this potential threat.
“It is always our top priority to ensure the safety of all of our students, staff and faculty members.”
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Washington County School District Office at (423) 753-1100 or the Washington County Sheriff’s Department at (423) 788-1414.