Police: Williamsburg teen had loaded gun on school property

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - A teenager is facing charges after having a loaded gun on school property.

Williamsburg Police say the student had a gun in his pickup Thursday at Whitley County High School. We're told, however, the boy never went inside the school.

Police tell WKYT that the boy waited in the parking lot until his ex-girlfriend was leaving for lunch. He confronted her about their recent breakup and during the dispute she saw that he had a shotgun.

She left the school and went to a friend's apartment at Cumberland Heights Manor. Police say he followed her and sent text messages from outside the apartment that he was going to kill himself. The girl called her mother, who called police.

"We hear a girl start screaming 'I love you, I love you, I love you,' and then I look outside and about that time here come cops rushing," said a neighbor who saw the confrontation.

When police arrived at the complex, they say the 18-year old girl was standing next to the boy's vehicle and that he had a gun to his head. Police got him to hand over the gun which they say was loaded with two shells.

The Williamsburg Police chief also says they found a note written by the teen, in which he said he was going to kill himself.

The teen is in custody in the Breathitt County juvenile detention center. He's now charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on school property and harassment and harassing communications.

"The key is to get this kid some counseling and some guidance and some help," said Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.

Whitley County Schools released the following statement about Thursday's events:

"On Thursday afternoon, Whitley County School District officials were notified by the Williamsburg Police Department that they had arrested one of our juvenile students. This student was not on school property when he was arrested.

We were further informed that this student had allegedly driven onto the high school campus earlier in the day with a gun in his vehicle. At no time on Thursday did this student enter a school building, nor is there any indication that he left his vehicle while on the school campus. Furthermore, there is no information that any threats were made to other students or any staff.

School district officials will take action to expel this student if it is determined that the allegations regarding possession of a gun on campus are true. The Whitley County School District would like to thank the Williamsburg Police Department for their professionalism in dealing with this situation."

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