Gun confiscated from Harrodsburg student

October 31, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - A 15-year-old male student at Harrodsburg High School was taken into custody by school officials Friday after he reportedly showed a firearm to other students on the school bus as he was riding to school.

School officials confiscated the weapon and called the Harrodsburg Police Department immediately after the youth arrived at school. The officials were notified about the incident on the bus by other students riding with the juvenile.

The boy was arrested by police officers and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on school property.

The weapon was a reproduction of a old fashioned cap-and-ball revolver that requires gun powder, a lead ball and a cap to ignite the gunpowder. It is capable of carrying six rounds.

Police Sgt. J.L. Thomas said Friday afternoon that the youth did not have any of the ingredients needed to fire the weapon and it was not loaded.


Principal Wade Stanfield told reporters that school officials are taking the incident very seriously and intend to address the situation further when school reopens Monday.

Sgt. Keith Smith, the investigating officer, did not know Saturday if he could release information describing how and from where the youth obtained the weapon.

Smith said after the youth was taken into custody by police and the charged was filed against him, he was released to of his parents.

Officer Gerald Wooldridge assisted Smith in investigating the case. Police retained custody of the weapon.

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