UPDATE: Student charged after gun found in Henrico school

UPDATE: “A 13-year-old male juvenile has been charged with Possession of a Firearm on School Property, a class 6 felony,” Henrico Police spokeswoman Lt. Linda Toney wrote in an email. “The juvenile was placed into Juvenile Detention yesterday. A court date is set for later this month. The investigation continues as to how the juvenile obtained the weapon.”

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Police took a 13-year-old Wilder Middle School student into custody Monday after officers received a tip the student brought a gun to school.

“A loaded magazine was found in the student’s pants pocket,” Henrico Police spokeswoman Lt. Linda Toney wrote in an email. “The student’s book bag was in another location within the school. When the book bag was searched, an unloaded handgun was found.”

When the school was locked down about 11:40 a.m., school administrators and the School Resource Officer found the student in the cafeteria.

“At this time, there are no reports that the gun was used in a threatening manner,” Lt. Toney said.

The lock down was lifted around noon.

Charges against the student are pending, police said.

Wilder Middle School is located along the 6900 block of Wilkinson Road.

27 comments

  • Matt Ellen

    I have one question……….Why did the Glen Allen school get all the press because it was locked down……yet this school gets a small blurb and the gun and kid were on site??? I bet I know why, but I will not mention it here.

  • Carol Land

    WHY and HOW does a 13 year old child have access to any kind of gun, much less, taking it to SCHOOL or ANYWHERE ???? This YOUNG BOY definitely needs suspension, counseling to see why he had this gun, and ALSO, THE SCHOOLS NEED TO START CHECKING EACH AND EVERY STUDENT AS THEY ENTER THE SCHOOLS IN THE MORNINGS. YOU NEVER KNOW, AS SUCH IN THIS CASE. Until the schools start taking charge of this matter, the students will continue to bring such weapons to school, HENCE, CAUSING KAOS AND TRAGEDY.

    • Paula Kennedy

      Could just a wee bit of the blame be placed on the PARENTS????? I am a parent and it seems to me that the gun first of all should have been properly locked up, the child taught the dangers of a weapon and to NEVER touch it and last, the schools can hardly teach a child let alone act like Wardens. Never the Parents fault, always the schools!

    • sw

      First the kid should be expelled not suspended. This kid not only had a gun but a fully loaded clip in his pocket. Second the parents should be held accountable for the weapon if in fact the kid did get the weapon from home. I am really waiting to find out more information on this story. Was this kid being threatened at school and that’s why he brought the gun?? We really need more information but clearly expulsion from school is the only way to guarantee the safety of the other students in that school from this young man.

    • Mary Jo Wallace

      Carol get real, they do NOT HAVE MAN POWER FOR THAT, BUT i BET YOU COULD VOLUNTEER WITH Mike, see YOU WANT TO POINT FINGER, get proactive here. START SEARCHING YOUR KIDS BACKPACK TO SEE WHAT YOU FIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Carol Land

        Um, YEAH, IT IS TIME FOR THE SCHOOLS TO TAKE AN INITIATIVE IN TAKING PART OF THIS SERIOUS SITUATION. IF THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN AND TEACHERS ARE IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO THEM, THEY “WILL” AND “CAN” FIND THE RESOURCES AND FUNDS IF NEED BE TO RECTIFY THIS SITUATION !!! And yes, I agree the parents would be to blame for the responsibility of keeping weapons locked up, HOWEVER, THAT MAY NOT ALWAYS BE THE REASONING FOR THESE KIDS RETRIEVING THESE WEAPONS !!!

      • Carol Land

        And, YES, MARY JO, FYI, AS A MATTER OF FACT I DO LOOK THROUGH OUR CHILD’S BACKPACK EVERY NIGHT, HOWEVER, I ‘M NOT SEARCHING FOR A WEAPON, “BUT WAIT” “I’VE ALSO NEVER SEEN ONE IN THERE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND YOU ?

    • athynz

      Sure, let’s install metal detectors at all the entrances and have armed guards with wands – just like at the courthouse. Sure, that’ll work… not. For one it will grind access to the school to a halt – and since classes start at a certain time this would cause some major chaos.

      I will say I’m quite happy that the gun was found – and found separate from a full clip of ammo – before it could be used if that was the intent.

      Aside from what this kid intended to do with the gun I would also like to know where the kid got the gun be it from his parent’s gun cabinet (or IF it was stored in one) or if he bought it off of someone. And before someone here bleats about how difficult it is for a 13 year old to get something like a gun I was quite able to get my grubby mitts on various illegal substances at 13 without my parents knowing.

    • Raekwon Williams

      First of all he is my friend. Im not judging him on his actions and not because he is my friend. You guys keep saying 13 year old like he is a little kid. He is a teen and he is 5-8. Even though that has nothing to do with it. My point is we all got things going on and maybe he just didnt know what to do. Maybe he go to school tryna play a joke, and then realize what he was doing was wrong. He isnt a bad kid and we all make mistakes. He also isnt the first kid that had a gun or person. So its just as right for a adult to hold a gun as well. I dont think so.

      • Carol Land

        Um, excuse me, but 13 MAY BE CONSIDERED A TEEN AS FAR AS THE NUMBER GOES, BUT THAT IS STILL A “KID”. A TEEN IS NOT A TEEN UNTIL THEY ARE AT LEAST 15. “MINDFULLY”.

  • Paula Kennedy

    Because a threat was called into the Glen Allen school and as usual every thing has to be a race issue. Why? How about all kids are safe and the job was done. Glen Allen got chewed up for all the media alerts/ How do you people want to handle this??

  • Karen Rowland

    As Carol Land states, UNTIL THE SCHOOLS START TAKING CHARGE OF THIS MATTER WHICH WOULD INVOLVE CHECKING EACH AND EVERY STUDENT AS THEY ENTER THE DOORS IN THE MORNINGS, THIS KAOS AND TRAGEDY WILL CONTINUE….

    • Paula Kennedy

      Again, where are his Parents in this?? It is not a schools job to pat down every student who comes in the door and if they do, parents are going to scream their rights are being violated, their kids are not hood rats, and blah, blah, blah. If you want to place a blame here….blame the kid and his parents!!!!!!!!

    • athynz

      Tell ya what – you and Carol volunteer to check each and every kid going into each and every school. You won’t get very far. Yes, something does need to be done – and the beginning of this something needs to happen AT HOME with the parents. If they own firearms those firearms need to be locked away from the kids. If they didn’t raid the parent’s firearms then the source of the gun needs to be found. The knee jerk reactions do not help. Perhaps the deterrent of a full-time armed guard at each school – using an off duty police officer in uniform or a military veteran in combat gear would be the way to go – as well as having 1-2 teachers who are armed and have been trained in the use of firearms and having had firearm safety courses along with range time will help.

    • Raekwon Williams

      Thats against the rules and i think law. You cant actually search a kid without proof. We can press charges. Especially if they dont have evidence. And every student isnt going to agree with being searched either.

  • mike

    My son gose to Wilder . He is 1 of not mini white kids. Once a week he comes home mad & aggravated. He It’s hard for him to get a good education at that school because most of the kids are playing with the teachers or argueing with the teachers and not doing what they supposed to do. Kids cant learn if its too much commotion going on in the classrooms. What is he to do.& now a gun. What is wrong with this Society?

    • Marlen

      I agree with you Mike. I went to this school and my classmates were a joke they were very disrespectful with the teachers. They don’t take education seriously and no this isn’t a racial comment or racist, this is just coming from a first hand experience. HATED THIS SCHOOL

      • Will

        I went to a school with white kids and guess what? They good off too? We have to stop blaming everything on race because the truth is white kids do some of this same stuff. The problem is with society, so many people just take life for granted. I agree with whoever puts some of the blame on parents; we need to do a better job.

  • howard

    um some schools have metal detectors,wanna guess which areas?so yes they do it already.so whats destroying our schools,the china men?keep pretending the lack of parenting and disrespect of authority has nothing to do with it and enjoy.

  • Mlaik Howard

    I Go To Wilder And When It Happens We Were On Lockdown For Almost A Hour And He Was Feeling Stupid And His Mother Was Yelling And Smacked Him Is His Face

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