VIRGINIA BEACH-- Police recovered an unloaded shotgun and knife from a student's car at Kempsville High School Tuesday morning.
According to principal Bill Harris, school administration and police investigated rumors of a possible shooting at the school, identified the student who is the source of the rumor and they are now dealing with that individual.
Police recovered what the student allegedly called "hunting gear" from his car in the parking lot Tuesday.
The student allegedly told police he forgot to remove the weapons after a weekend hunting trip.
The school has increased security for the remainder of the week.
The principal sent the following letter to parents:
This is Bill Harris, principal of Kempsville High School, with an important message about school safety. As you are aware, the tragic events in Connecticut have multiplied public concerns about school safety. In the spirit of open communication, I need to advise you that this week school administration and police investigated rumors of a possible shooting at our school. We believe we have identified the student who is the source of that rumor and are dealing with that individual. However, we live in an era where hyper-vigilance is necessary. Consequently, we have arranged to have additional security on hand all week.
As a result of that extra security, police did recover hunting gear, including a knife and an unloaded shotgun from a student’s car in the parking lot this morning. The student advised police that he forgot to remove this equipment after a weekend hunting trip. Let me be clear here. There is no room for mistakes like that in our public schools. This student is now facing criminal charges. Please talk to your children about the importance of school safety and underscore this school division’s zero tolerance policy for any kind of weapon on school grounds.
As always, we ask you to encourage your children to report any threat or suspicious activity to police or school administration immediately. However, please emphasize the importance of not participating in groundless speculation. Kempsville High School has always been a safe, positive learning environment. We all must work together to ensure that this stays the case.
As always, thank you for your support.