Student charged with bringing loaded gun to Chesterfield high school

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A student has been charged after police say he brought a loaded gun into Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County on Thursday.

The gun was discovered after administrators became aware of a rumor about a student with a weapon, Principal Joi Lowery said in a statement sent to parents,

"No threats were made. But the student now faces disciplinary action at school and legal consequences as well," Lowery wrote.

Consequentially, students will be asked to check their backpacks for any items banned from school property on Friday.

Police say the firearm was found to be stolen from another jurisdiction.

The 16-year-old male student was transported to Juvenile Detention and charged with possession of a firearm on school property and theft or receipt of a stolen firearm.

The full release sent to parents is included below:

“Maintaining a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment remains one of the primary goals of Meadowbrook High School. Working with parents and our community, we are confident we can continue to provide a school setting that is free from distraction and disruption. Tomorrow, we will ask students to check their backpacks for any items that should not be on school property, including items such as weapons. With very limited exceptions, weapons are not allowed on school property or in vehicles on school property. There are serious school discipline and police/legal consequences for students who do not follow the law. We also will share with students the importance of letting an adult know if something wrong is occurring. Our students already understand this, as demonstrated earlier today when a student reported to a staff member a rumor about a student with a gun. Upon investigation by police and administrators, a student was found to be in position (sic) of a loaded weapon. No threats were made. But the student now faces disciplinary action at school and legal consequences as well. Parents, please help us reinforce this message … and if need be, check your children’s backpack yourself. Even if a student brings something to school by mistake, he or she will face serious consequences that could include suspension, expulsion or time in the juvenile detention center. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to create and sustain a safe learning environment that is free from distraction. We appreciate the strong partnership we have that seeks to increase our students’ chances for success.”

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