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Louisville student taken into custody after gun found in JCPS high school

The school's principal sent an email to families saying a bullet was found on the floor in one of their classrooms on Wednesday morning.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville student was taken into custody after they brought a gun to Marion C. Moore School.

The school's principal, Traci Morris-Hunt, sent an email to families saying a bullet was found on the floor in one of their classrooms on Wednesday morning. 

"We immediately followed our protocols, searched the classroom for a weapon, raised our security level, and called JCPS Police and LMPD," Morris-Hunt said.

She said a gun was eventually "found and confiscated" and that one student was taken into custody. 

A mother of a student at Marion C. Moore School, Tasha Banks, says she was at work when her boss told a bullet was found at the school. She immediately left to pick up her two children.

"It's just very scary not knowing and not knowing if your child is okay," Banks said.

Another mother, Yolanda, says her son Michael was in gym class when teachers said everyone had to pack up their belongings. He says didn't understand until he got a call from his mother.

"Everybody was not really paranoid but we were like vigilant," Michael said. 

According to the school, at least two other students were found with guns within the past year. 

Yolanda and Banks say the school needs to take extra precautions so this won't happen again.

"I'm really hoping for metal detectors because of the safety of the kids the teachers," Banks said. "You just don't know."

Until then, both say they're just thankful their children made it home safely.

"Thank God my son was safe and all of his classmates and all of the staff," Yolanda said. "Thank God."

Carolyn Callahan with JCPS sent a response to WHAS11 in relation to the incident reading: 

"The gun epidemic is a community problem that, like so many issues in our city, impacts Jefferson County Public Schools. JCPS has strong safety protocols in place to safely identify and remove guns that are brought into our schools. Our students, staff and families play a vital role in keeping our schools safe. The reality is, until lawmakers and community members work together to address the prevalence and access to guns, there will continue to be instances of guns in our grocery stores, churches, government offices -  everywhere people congregate - including schools."

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