CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – A 16-year-old Loyd C. Bird High School student is being held in a juvenile detention center after police say he brought a loaded magazine onto the school grounds Monday.
According to an email sent to families, a fight at a school sparked a police investigation that ultimately led to the discovery of the weapon.
“This came to the attention of school administrators after a fight this morning,” wrote Adrienne Blanton, the high school principal. “This disruption briefly delayed our planned class change while Chesterfield Police assisted in our investigation.”
Chesterfield Police said the student allegedly lifted his shirt and pointed a gun in his belt during the altercation. The reported firearm was not located, but the loaded magazine was.
The minor was reportedly charged with assault and battery, possession of a firearm on school property, and possession of a concealed weapon on school property. He was then taken to a juvenile detention center.
Some 8News parents have expressed concerns about the communication schedule.
“If the cops are called to my child’s school, I would like to be notified,” said Erika Martinez, a parent of LC Bird. “Between 8:20 a.m. and 11 a.m., the situation was occurring and the parents only found out at 2 p.m.?”
According to Chesterfield County Schools, the email alert to parents was sent at 2 p.m., about an hour before school was due to end. However, Martinez said when he arrived at the school around 11 a.m., the police were already there.
“When I got to school, there were two police cars out front and another in the parking lot,” she said. “At this point, I still had no idea what was going on.”
After sending headteachers a list of questions, 8News received the same email response sent to parents. Martinez, still shaken a day later, said she hoped it would be handled better in the future.
“I’m just worried about my kid,” she said.
The full statement from LC Bird High School can be read below:
Dear parents and guardians:
Maintaining a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment remains one of Bird High School’s primary goals. By working with parents and our community, we are confident that we can continue to provide a school environment free from distraction and disruption.
We continue to remind students that with very few exceptions, items that could be considered weapons are not permitted on school property or in vehicles on school property. There are potentially serious school disciplinary penalties and police/legal consequences for students who do not obey the law.
We will also continue to share with students the importance of telling an adult if something is wrong. Our students already understand this, as demonstrated earlier when it was said that a magazine with ammunition was on school property. This came to the attention of the school administrators after a fight arose this morning. This disruption briefly delayed our scheduled class change while Chesterfield Police assisted in our investigation.
Parents, help us reinforce this message… Even if a student brings something to school by mistake, they could face serious consequences that could include suspension, expulsion, or time in juvenile detention.
As we do continuously throughout the year, today we remind students of the expectations for their behavior. Please help us reinforce these expectations tonight with your children. Please let me know if you have any questions.