According to a Huntsville City Schools representative, a student was taken into custody this morning for bringing an unloaded weapon onto the Whitesburg School campus.
Huntsville City Schools Director of Communication, Keith Ward, told WAAY 31 he credits the schools partnership with Huntsville Police and their anonymous tip line for stopping this situation after learning about it late last night.
"They were able to have both our own security and Huntsville City School's Police there this morning and take the person in and basically confirm what their suspicions were with the tip...that the person did actually have an unloaded weapon."
The student who brought the gun into school has since been expelled and Huntsville Police told WAAY 31 they cannot comment further as this is a juvenile criminal matter.
The Whitesburg School administration is encouraging parents to check their child's backpack every day to make sure they're only bringing school-appropriate items onto campus.
The following message was sent out to Whitesburg School parents this morning:
"Hello, this is Brad Scott, principal of Whitesburg school with an important message.
Last night, our administration received information about a student bringing an unloaded weapon on our campus. Huntsville City Schools and Huntsville Police took immediate action and took the student in custody this morning before the start of school. The district will impose the strongest penalty possible on any individuals responsible.
We treat all threats as if they are serious, using all available resources, including our security department and law enforcement, to investigate. The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority, and we will continue to be vigilant.
Please check your child’s backpack each day and make sure that they are bringing to school only those items that belong here. In order for Whitesburg to remain a safe haven for children, we must all work together – parents, staff, and community members – to provide the quality environment that our children deserve."
At this time there is still no plan for metal detectors to be installed in the district but Ward also told WAAY 31 the schools all have hand metal detectors that could be used to detect weapons if needed as well as highly trained school resource officers.