LINDSIDE (WVDN) – On Thursday, Jan. 18, Monroe County Technical Center and James Monroe High School were locked down after a weapon was discovered on campus. Monroe County Technical Center is on the campus of James Monroe High School and is part of Monroe County Schools.
According to a statement from Monroe County Schools a student was placed in the custody of law enforcement after a gun was discovered in their possession.
The following is a statement from the Monroe County Schools’ Facebook page:
“Today, we inform parents, staff, and students that we recovered a gun on the campus of the Monroe County Technical Center. It is important to us that we clearly communicate with you about serious safety issues when they arise. Administration immediately initiated and followed all appropriate procedures at the school level, including a ‘lock down.’ Possessing a weapon at school is clearly a violation of law and we have zero tolerance for this act. We expect to see criminal charges in addition to school imposed disciplinary measures. The student involved will be subject to school board policy and appropriate laws that govern weapons on school grounds, which is a zero acceptable possession policy. Today’s incident highlights the essential role students and all members of the school community play in school safety. Anyone with pertinent or concerning information should report it immediately to administration or law enforcement. As the school system says time after time, student and staff safety continues to be the most important part of our jobs. While this incident is unquestionably concerning, the school system will continue to be vigilant in ensuring student and staff safety.”
By Thursday afternoon, the lockdown was lifted, and busses were to run on their regular schedule. Parents were notified that they could pick up their children early if they desired.