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Two JCPS students arrested after weapons found in backpack

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LMPD officers outside of Valley High School on Monday. LMPD officers outside of Valley High School on Monday.
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The school was placed on heightened security. The school was placed on heightened security.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two teenagers who allegedly brought guns to a Louisville high school were taken into custody Monday morning, according to Louisville Metro police.

Around 10:45 Valley High School, located off of Dixie Highway, was placed under heightened security by administrators after thy received a tip from a family member that a student may have had a weapon in school, said Jefferson County Public School spokesperson Ben Jackey.

Police were called to the school and security guards were able to track down the student while they were talking to another student. When security approached, the student dropped his backpack and ran. Police chased him on foot and were able to catch him in an neighborhood near the school. Jackey said the student who did not run was questioned by police.

Officers found two weapons in the backpack the student dropped, according to Jackey.

Jackey said, "There were no threats to students or school staff made during this situation," but a letter was sent home with parents to let them know about the incident. JCPS officials said Dixie Elementary was also under heightened security because of its close proximity to Valley High School.

The identities of the students are being withheld because they are minors; however, police said they are both males, ages 16 and 17.

One student is charged with fleeing and evading police and both are charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school grounds.  They were both taken to Jefferson County Youth Corrections.

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