Officials with the EBRSO School Drug Task Force responded to Westdale Middle School this morning in reference to an unloaded gun found in the book bag of a 7th grade student.
According to reports, an anonymous student informed a school administrator that the student had a gun.
When the administrator located the unloaded weapon inside a 14-year-old student’s backpack and he stated it belonged to another 13-year-old student.
After being confronted, a 13-year-old 7th grader stated he took it from home sometime last week. He said when he showed it to the 14-year-old student and a third student (not charged) he threatened the third student not to tell anyone about the gun.
The gun found by the administrator had no ammunition nor magazine.
- The 14-year-old 7th grader is charged with Illegally Carrying of a Firearm On a School property, Firearm Free Zone.
- The 13-year-old 7th grader is charged with Illegal Carrying of a Firearm On a School property, Firearm Free Zone and Aggravated Assault.
“This case is a prime example of how important it is that students come forward if they are aware of a weapon at school,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “Having that kind of information along with our School Resource Officers and School Drug Task Force made all the difference in preventing anything more serious.”
The School Board released this statement in regards to this incident:
“The East Baton Rouge Parish School System was notified today that a Westdale Middle School student was found in possession of an unloaded weapon. A student reported it to school administrators, who immediately took action and involved law enforcement. We have a zero-tolerance policy for this type of behavior and any student who violates that policy will be recommended for expulsion and may face additional charges from law enforcement.
Please help us educate your children about the dangers and severe consequences of bringing any type of weapon on school grounds. All such incidents are taken extremely seriously. The safety of our students and faculty remains our top priority.”
A robocall has been sent to parents alerting them of the incident.