A McCluer South-Berkeley High School student was arrested Wednesday after school officials found a loaded pistol in his backpack.
At approximately 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, a student reported to administrators and a school resource/police officer that they suspected another student might have a weapon.
Administrators and the SRO located the student and he was taken to the office. Officials searched the students backpack, and ultimately found a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine. The gun was reported stolen from St. Louis County.
The student, who has been identified as 17-year-old Davion Henderson from Hazelwood, was taken into custody and charged with unlawful use of a weapon — a felony. Bond has been set at $10,000.
District policy states that a student may not possess, handle or transmit any weapons — including items that look like weapons — on school property. Doing so can result in long-term suspensions (up to 180-days) or expulsion.
Read below for the full text of a letter sent to parents regarding the incident from Interim Principal Betty Fagan:
Dear McCluer South-Berkeley Family,
I am writing to inform you about an incident that occurred today. The school administration received a tip that a student might have possession of a weapon. Within a minute of the tip, the student was located, while headed to the principal’s office, and questioned by the building administrator and school police officer. They found him to be in possession of a loaded firearm in his backpack.
The Ferguson Police Department immediately took the student into custody and transported him to the police station.
The student will face disciplinary action in accordance with District policy. A student may not possess, transmit or handle any weapons – including anything that looks like a weapon — on school property. Such actions result in long-term suspensions (up to 180 days) or expulsion.
Providing a safe environment that allows children to learn is our first priority. I appreciate our school community and staff for the tip, swift actions, and professionalism in the handling this situation.
Please take this opportunity to remind your children that weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited on school property and encourage them to report unsafe situations.
Thank you for your continued support,