Two students have been detained and are in police custody after a gun was found inside a classroom at Hickman Mills Junior High School.
The gun was discovered about 10 a.m., a spokesman for the Hickman Mills School District told KCTV5. The gun was in possession of a female student, officials said. A second student brought the gun to school, police said.
A third student texted a parent to say a girl in the class had a gun. The parent then contacted the principal who then went to the classroom and retrieved from the class. She locked down the class and used her radio to order officers to the classroom.
The students in police custody were removed from the classroom. The remaining students and staff in the classroom were placed in "lockdown" for a time, said Ebony Walker, district spokeswoman.
She said classes went on as normal in the remainder of the building.
The school is at 9010 Old Santa Fe Rd. and eighth- and ninth-graders attend the school. The junior high does have metal detectors and security wands, so officials are working to determine how the gun made it past those security measures.
Some parents took their children out of class when they heard that a gun had been found at the junior high building.
Michelle Dimond said she wasn't taking any chances with her five boys. She said she was told there was no danger, but she had her doubts.
"There's a gun in the school. You can't sit here and say they are not in danger," she said.
One student some students believe the gun was tucked into the boy's boot, and the male student was displaying it to scare students.
The students involved could be suspended or expelled.
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