LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Metro police arrested two Iroquois High School students Wednesday morning after administrators reportedly found a loaded 9mm handgun inside a backpack.
JCPS spokesperson Allison Martin said a student heard about the gun being on school property and alerted administrators. LMPD arrested two juveniles after determining one of the students brought the gun onto school property and the other carried it inside.
Martin said investigators do not believe the students intended to use the gun to harm anyone at the school. A One Call Now alert was sent to parents immediately following the incident and the principal sent home a letter with students Wednesday afternoon providing more details.
“Obviously, it’s a concern whenever you have this type of incident at a school,” said Martin. “But what we want our parents to know is we take safety seriously and our utmost priority is educating students and providing a safe environment for them.”
In addition to any criminal charges, the students will be disciplined according to JCPS policies. Martin said bringing a weapon to school typically results in a student’s placement in an alternative school.
This marks the fourth weapon-related incident at JCPS in just over a week. Two Meyzeek Middle School students were reportedly caught with lookalike BB guns on Aug. 29.
The following day, a broken handgun was found on the playground at Norton Elementary School and an eighth-grader at Noe Middle School was arrested for allegedly bringing two loaded guns to class. No one was hurt in any of the incidents.