Principal: Student brings loaded gun to Tates Creek High School
Fayette County School leaders sent notices to parents notifying them that a student brought a loaded gun to school.
The incident happened on Wednesday morning at Tates Creek High School.
School officials say the teen got the gun this morning because of issues outside of school in his neighborhood.
According to Principal Sam Meaux, the student was in class, and the teacher noticed he was agitated and not behaving normally. The teacher says the student got up and left the class. A school law enforcement officer who knows the student went to talk with him to see what was wrong. While talking with the student, he spotted the handle of a gun in the student's pocket. At that point, the officer placed the student under arrest.
According to the principal, the student was cooperative and answered all of the school officials' questions. They do not believe the student had any intention of using the gun in the school.
Meaux credits the relationship his school officers have with students for the quick resolution.
"The fact that our school law enforcement officers are part of the community and have a relationship with the students, it caused the one officer to go, who knew that boy, to go to check on his state and see what was wrong with him, to talk with him. I think without that relationship piece that may not of happened," Meaux said.
An email sent to parents said the student will be criminally charged and will also face serious administrative consequences through the school district.
The school is not releasing the student's name, but the Fayette County Detention Center website shows that 18-year old Lamaar Dequan Sanford was arrested by school police at Tates Creek High School on Wednesday afternoon. Sanford is charged with resisting arrest, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.
Here is what the letter said that was sent to parents: