Atherton High School student arrested after gun found at school

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – A loaded gun was found on an Atherton High School Student on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Richard G. Guetig, the principal at Atherton, said the student was arrested and is being disciplined according to JCPS policies.

The gun was found after another student reported the 16-year-old student, a freshman, could be in possession of a handgun. An SRO approached the freshman and the gun was found after a search.

JCPS said the freshman told them he "never was trying to do any harm to anyone at the school."

"We know from talking with the student that he never was trying to do any harm to anyone at the school, but further than that I can't comment based on a pending investigation," Allison Martin, JCPS Communications Director, said.

Guetig said, in a letter being sent home to parents, that it’s important students continue to report any rumors or conversations they hear about threatening behavior and to stay vigilant to keep the school campus safe.

"We can't talk about specific instances regarding students because of privacy rights, but what we can tell you is in general that would lead to placement at an alternative school for an extended period of time, generally," Martin said. "I think that we are seeing more things  in our community and more and more families are having those types of conversations around the dinner table about what it means to be safe at school, what you should do if you see this type of instance, who you should contact. Schools are having these conversations with students to let them know they want to hear information as trivial as it may seem and may seem like the student thinks it's a joke, but we want to know and our students are doing a great job of being responsible for safety at their schools and letting an adult know and the adults are able to respond appropriately with JCPS policies and procedures," Martin said. 

The following is the letter being sent home with students:

Atherton Letter - Weapon 9-20-16


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