LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – An 11th grader at The Learning Center in Lexington had an unloaded shotgun in his pickup truck at school on Wednesday, according to Fayette County Public Schools.
The center’s principal says the shotgun wasn’t loaded, but there was ammunition stored separately in the truck.
The gun was never in the school building, according to FCPS.
The discovery was made just before dismissal.
The principal says he’s confident the student didn’t have any intent to use the weapon at school and didn’t have it in his truck because of any situation related to school.
Because of the student’s age, his name wasn’t released.
This is the second incident of a weapon at a Fayette County public school in as many days. On Tuesday, a student brought a loaded gun to Bryan Station Middle School. The gun was not used, no one was hurt.
Here is the letter that was sent to The Learning Center’s parents and guardians:
Dear TLC Families:
As you know, your children are our top priority here at The Learning Center and we work diligently to keep them safe and create a positive learning environment on campus. Maintaining open lines of communication between home and school is critical in order for us to earn the trust of our families and build strong relationships with the people we serve.
I’m writing this evening to make you aware of an incident that occurred at school today. Any time there is a health or safety issue on campus, we want you to have the facts directly from us.
Just before dismissal today, we determined that one of our 11th-grade students had a shotgun in his truck in the parking lot. The weapon was unloaded, but there was ammunition stored separately in the vehicle. The weapon was never in our building.
With assistance from the Fayette County Public Schools Department of Law Enforcement, we conducted an investigation and are confident that the student did not have any intent to use the weapon at school and did not have it because of any situation related to school.
There is no tolerance for weapons on our school campuses and the student will face serious administrative consequences to the fullest extent under the law.
Here at The Learning Center we work very hard to establish a positive school culture and climate where every student is connected to at least one caring adult. Our teachers and staff play an important role in school safety by building trusting relationships with students so that they feel comfortable sharing information. Today’s incident is a testament to the strength of those relationships, and reminds us that keeping lines of communication open with students is the best way to keep our campuses safe.
We also need your help to ensure that our students fully understand the importance of keeping our campuses weapon-free. Individually, we count on our students not to bring contraband to campus, and collectively, we need them to commit to alerting adults when they become aware of a safety concern.
You can support us at home by staying active in the lives of your children – ensuring that they don’t have access to contraband, regularly checking jackets, backpacks, pockets and vehicles, and encouraging them to be involved with friends and activities that support a healthy lifestyle.
I want to assure you that as principal, I am committed to taking every precaution to keep The Learning Center a safe place to learn and work. We have wonderful students, caring staff, and supportive families and this is not the kind of incident we will allow to happen on our campus.
Thank you for your continued support and as always, please do not hesitate to call me with questions or concerns at 859-381-0597.
Chris Salyers, principal