A Guthrie Junior High School student is in police custody after bringing a gun to school on Thursday morning.
A male student at the school was found to be in possession of a handgun.
According to Sgt. Anthony Gibbs, an alert administrator saw suspicious activity near a school bathroom. The administrator contacted Gibbs, who later found marijuania.
Upon a further search, a gun was found in the student’s backpack.
Gibbs tells Guthrie News Page the gun was not chambered, but did have rounds in the weapon.
The student was taken to the city jail and is now in custody of Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs.
Although the investigation continues, police do not believe there was intent by the student to use the weapon.
Police are also attempting to find out how the student obtained the gun.
Gibbs was quick to credit school adminstration.
“If I could hang a medal around someone it would be the school administrator. They did exactly what they were supposed to do by looking for suspicious activity and reporting it to the police. They did an amazing job.”
Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson also applauded school staff.
“I want to applaud our staff for their diligence in keeping our students safe today. A staff member believed something didn’t look quite right and immediately investigated.”
He continued, “He called on the School Resource Officer for assistance and the gun was discovered. The School Resource Officer immediately secured the weapon and began the investigation.”
Investigators with the Guthrie Police Department continue to investigate.