Student arrested for bringing gun to Highland Middle School


by Adam Walser

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 20 at 11:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A terrifying morning for students at normally peaceful Highland Middle School after faculty members learned a student brought a gun to school

"The staff member found that student and found that student did have a weapon that was unloaded,"
JCPS Spokesperson Ben Jackey said.

Metro police quickly arrived at the school.

"They had a K-9 search team come in and search the perimeter. Then the lockdown happened when they got news that there may be another gun," Highland Middle School student Ben Deprest said.

"It was pretty scary because we didn't know exactly who had it or if they had caught or gotten the weapon," another Highland Middle School student said.

A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody and transported to Jefferson County Youth Detention Center.
Many Highland Middle parents learned about the incident when school was released several hours later.
Their children were sent home with letters describing the incident.

"I felt anxious. Just upset that he's having to worry about things like that. I've home schooled him for several years," Kathy Deprest, Ben's mother, said.

"It makes me mad. It really makes me mad because nothing gets done about it. Everybody in politics wants to talk about everything else but what really counts. This is a major thing going on everywhere," parent Mary Ann Hornback said.

Incidents involving weapons brought to school are not that uncommon in Jefferson County Public Schools.

Earlier this week, an 18-year-old student was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun to Shawnee High School.

Since the current school year began a month ago, there have been six weapons confiscated at JCPS schools and that includes three guns.

We reported on several other incidents during the 2011 to2012 school year.

"I hate that we come to this, but we are in 2012 and it is kind of scary, but I feel like it can happen anywhere. It happened when I went to Sacred Heart in 95-96," Carrie Scoccola said.