HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Butler High School security searched a 10th grader's possessions Monday and discovered a gun and a knife on his body.
It happened around noon as security and Huntsville police acted on a tip and pulled the student out of lunch to perform the search. The tip only concerned the presence of a knife; but officers found the knife as well as a handgun on the student's body. Officials said that handgun was loaded.
As a precaution, additional search procedures were put in place, and no other prohibited items were found. School officials said the student had not threatened others.
The student was charged with two Class III violations of the Huntsville City Schools Student Code of Conduct. School officials said the student will be suspended pending an expulsion hearing and will not return to campus.
Parents received an automated phone call later in the day explaining the situation and the steps taken to defuse the situation. One of those parents was Spencer Myrick.
"If they nipped it in the bud that fast, they did very good," Myrick said. However, he added, more could have been done. "I know bigger cities have metal detectors. They prevent that."
Police said the boy's parents could be blamed and possibly face charges themselves, depending on where the gun came from, who it belonged to, whether it was secured, and how the boy obtained it.
School officials said if the boy if formally expelled, he may have the option of going to Pinnacle Alternative School.
"It's going to happen no matter where you go," argued Myrick. "You go out to Madison last year, a couple years ago, and a kid shot another kid. I don't care how good a school it is, it's going to happen."
Police have charged the student with carrying a concealed weapon. He was transported to the Neaves Davis Center for Children. He will face a detention hearing Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
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