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ESJH student arrested for bringing unloaded gun to school

RESERVE — An East St. John High School student was arrested this morning, accused of bringing an unloaded firearm to campus.

According to St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools Superintendent Kevin George, school personnel reacted quickly when discovering a potential threat and had the suspect student and campus secured by 7:30 a.m.

The ESJH school day starts at 7:10 a.m.

School continued as scheduled.

George said the student, whose name and age have not been released by law enforcement, started the day with in-school suspension from something he had previously done.

As per protocol, two assigned employees check students serving in-school suspension for cell phones or any other items they are not permitted to carry.

One teacher noticed the student in question appeared to have something in his waistband.

The teacher pulled the student out of the room and directed him to the disciplinarian’s office, while using a two-way radio to contact the East St. John school resource officer (SRO).

The SRO met the teacher and student and performed a search, George said, locating an unloaded gun in the student’s possession. A subsequent search did not recover any bullets.

George said the student’s parents were contacted and the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested the student.

A subsequent investigation by school personnel described the behavior as an “isolated incident,” and not part of an ongoing violent threat on campus.

Principal Christopher Mayes alerted parents through a phone messaging system of the day’s events.

“I am very proud that our team reacted so quickly,” George said, highlighting the quick work of Mayes, Zelia Jackson, Tedrick Henry and the St. John Sheriff’s Office for keeping the students’ safety above all else.