LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A letter sent to the parents of students at Tates Creek High School says that on Wednesday, one week after a student was found carrying a loaded handgun, another student was taken into custody for bringing an unloaded gun to the school.
According to the letter from Principal Sam Meaux, the gun was found within five minutes of the student entering the school. Meaux says the student hadn’t intended to come to school that day, but was seen by a Lexington police officer and taken to school around ten Wednesday morning. Meaux says the student was patted down prior to being taken to school, but the gun wasn’t found.
ABC 36 asked police about not finding the gun during the pat down and they say it was just that, a pat down, which is more passive and not as thorough as a search. LPD says the officer didn’t search the student because he didn’t have probable cause which is required by law for a full-blown search.
The letter from the school says when the student arrived, staff saw him try to hide the gun in the library. He was immediately taken into custody by Fayette County Department of Law Enforcement officers, says Meaux.
The student has been charged with possession of a weapon on school property, and faces administrative consequences.
“Similar to the situation last week,” writes Meaux, “during the investigation the student stated that he had the weapon for protection outside of school, and not because of anything related to school.”
The identity of the student has not been released but we are told he is underage.