A student was arrested after police said he brought a gun to Hazard High School and Memorial gym. School and law enforcement officials said a tip was called in that a 19-year-old student at Hazard High brought a pistol on school property during Christmas break.
Principal Happy Mobelini said when someone calls the safe school tip line, they pay attention.
“As soon as we get it, it is the first thing we do, we drop everything and we investigate whatever tip it is,” said Mobelini.
This week, a call led to an investigation of a student.
“We received an anonymous tip on the hotline that there may have been a weapon on school property within the last two or three weeks,” said Mobelini.
After calling Hazard City Police, Mobelini said students were then made aware of what was going on.
Det. David Wiseman confirmed that they did bring the student into the station for questioning where he admitted to having a weapon on school property.
Dillion Williams was arrested on Jan. 10. Wiseman said Williams admitted to having a gun in the school as well as in a gym during basketball practice.
Williams is charged with two counts of possessing a firearm on school property, both class D felonies.
“He can serve up to one to five years in prison for each count,” said Wiseman.
Mobelini said parents were notified of what happened.
“There is a memo going out at the end of school for every parent to know what had happened and what we have done,” Mobelini said on Wednesday afternoon.
Police said it always concerns them when something like this happens.
“It is alarming to me just because of all the violence that is going on in schools across the country,” said Wiseman.
“Here lately we have heard so much about school shooting and stuff like that, it kind of makes us want to heighten our awareness of what is going on.”
Williams was taken to the Kentucky River Regional Jail where he was released after a few hours on a $1,000 surety bond. Mobelini said he could be expelled for a year. Williams will appear in court on Feb. 6.