Gun found in backpack of JCPS middle school student

Louisville Metro police and JCPS Security were called to Stuart Middle School on Valley Station...
Louisville Metro police and JCPS Security were called to Stuart Middle School on Valley Station road after a gun was found by staff member in the backpack of a student.(Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 3:24 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 6:25 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - For the second time in two days, a gun has been found being carried on school grounds by a Jefferson County Public Schools student.

Louisville Metro Police Department officers were called to Stuart Middle School on Valley Station Road on a report of a weapon at school on Thursday. The loaded gun was found in a student’s backpack, an LMPD spokesperson said.

The student was arrested for having the weapon on school grounds.

Renee Murphy, a JCPS spokeswoman, confirmed that a gun was found but said it was never used in a threatening manner. She said JCPS Security is handling the investigation.

Metro Councilwoman Holton Stewart of District 25, where Stuart Middle School is located, called the situation “horrifying” and called on schools, parents and peers to set examples for kids that don’t involve violence. She said in a statement:

“I am angered and saddened by the news of a child bringing a loaded gun to a middle school in our community. I am so thankful to the teachers, staff and security of Stuart Academy for acting swiftly to ensure the safety of our students.

Each of us, as a member of society, has a duty to protect our children.

That means we have a duty to keep our legally owned firearms and weapons locked, inaccessible from adolescents and those incapable of understanding the severity of their actions. That means we talk to our children and try to understand what is happening outside of home and when necessary, report our concerns to the proper authorities to protect our loved ones. That means we all agree violence of any kind is unacceptable and has to stop.

Today’s news is horrifying and could have been much worse. What is happening in our schools is a reflection of what is happening in our society. We cannot accept these reports as our new norm.

More powerful than legislation or regulation, we must be personally accountable and hold ourselves as parents, mentors, peers, or role models to the highest standard and set the example to teach our children to choose to talk instead of fight, listen instead of yell, and empathize instead of react.”

Wednesday, LMPD found a loaded gun from a student at Seneca High School. That student had a loaded Ruger 9 mm in his backpack, WAVE 3 News sources confirmed. That student, along with another juvenile, were the suspects in an armed carjacking that happened last week on Wendy’s on Outer Loop.

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