UPDATE: Charges pending against student found with gun at Jackson Co. school

A student at East Jackson Comprehensive High School who was arrested Wednesday after being found with a gun on campus will face criminal charges and disciplinary action. That’s according to this letter sent to parents by Principal Matt Straitmeyer:

Dear East Jackson Families,

It was brought to the attention of building administration this morning that a student was in possession of a weapon on our campus. School administrators and school resource officers took swift action and found a loaded handgun. The student was immediately taken into custody by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, is no longer on campus, and will be facing disciplinary consequences and criminal charges. We are grateful that this concern was reported immediately so we could work with our partners from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to take action and ensure that our school is safe.

School safety is of paramount importance to our school and district. We ask that you continue to partner with us in creating a safe learning environment for all students by reinforcing with your children that weapons, to include firearms, pocket knives, toys, and look-alikes, are neither appropriate for, nor permitted in, any Jackson County School System facility.

The student still had not been identified at last check and there’s been no word on what, if any, charges he or she will face.