Guns at Schools: A look beyond Noe's recent incident

Student charged with bringing guns to Noe Middle School

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An eighth-grade student at Noe Middle school has been arrested after bringing two guns to the school.

According to Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Allison Martin, the guns were discovered at the end of the school day on Aug. 30.

Martin said the student was approached by a school security guard who felt the boy was not acting normal. The student told the security guard that he had the guns in his backpack, which was inside his locker.

The guns were never removed from the backpack during school hours and Martin said no students were endangered.

WAVE 3 News wanted to know how often incidents like these happen at JCPS schools.

"Not often," Martin said.

She said there were 60 incidents involving weapons last year. That figure also includes things like bb guns and brass knuckles.

According to the Kentucky Department of Education, for the 2014-2015 school year there were 64 incidents involving weapons in JCPS schools, 11 of those were handguns. That was the school year when a student was shot at Fern Creek and another student at Fairdale High School was also found with a loaded handgun - both in the same month.

Then, looking at the 2013-2014 school year, there was another 66 incidents with weapons - again another 11 involved handguns, three of which were reported from Valley High School.

"These are conversations that we need to have with our families," Martin said of Tuesday's incident.

Martin said there will not be any security changes at Noe Middle School and said no students were ever in direct danger.

"What you saw at the school was our policies and procedures at work," Martin said.

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