Security ambassador fired after student brings loaded gun into Frederick Douglass High School

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A security ambassador working at Lexington’s Frederick Douglass High School has been fired after a student was able to bring a loaded gun into the building yesterday.

The student checked in after the school day started and was wanded with a handheld metal detector before his backpack was checked, but school officials didn’t find the gun until the student was disciplined later in the day. The gun was considered "well-concealed" and undetected, according to school officials.

“…We have determined that the student was able to bring the weapon on campus because the contracted security ambassador responsible for searching the student’s backpack did not adhere to the protocol in place,” said Fayette County Public Schools spokesperson Lisa Deffendall.

In a letter to parents, school officials said they planned to work with the contracted security guards to “revisit search procedures," but the school is not cutting ties with the contracted security company.

Frederick Douglass High School had walk-through metal detectors installed in May, but the school still has to physically search backpacks because of the metal already present on them.

Deffendall said the school started to implement heightened bag screening procedures Thursday morning.

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