LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Three students are in custody after a search uncovered two guns and knife on the grounds of Fern Creek High School.
Lt. Col. Carl Yates, a spokesperson with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, said the weapons were found during a regularly scheduled sweep for drugs and weapons. Two canine dogs from the Sheriff's Office were used to search the school building and its parking lots as part of the sweep.
According to Lauren Roberts, a JCPS spokesperson, each of the weapons found were separate locations and the incidents were unrelated to each other.
Roberts tells WAVE 3 one weapon was found inside the school during the K9 search after a tip that a student may have a gun. The student was removed from class. The weapon, which Yates said was a loaded 9mm pistol, was found after a search of the student's backpack.
The student, who Yates said is a 17-year-old boy, is facing charges of unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, unlawful possession of a weapon by a minor and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Roberts said the weapon was never displayed and there was no threat made to the school or any students.
The other arrests took place after the dogs hit on two cars in the school parking lot. According to Yates, a shotgun and shells were found in the trunk of one car among fishing gear. The owner of the car, Damion Smith, 18, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on school property.
The third arrest was made after drug paraphernalia and a large switchblade were found in a car belonging to another 18-year old, Alexander Wilder Smith. In addition to charges for the drug paraphernalia, Wilder Smith is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.
Both Damion Smith and Alexander Wilder Smith were booked into Louisville Metro Corrections.
School officials said there was no imminent threat to the school and Fern Creek High functioned as normal for the remainder of the school day.