Churchland HS student arrested for having gun at school


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A 14-year-old Churchland High School student was arrested Tuesday for having a gun at school.

Cherise Newsome with Portsmouth Public Schools confirmed to 10 On Your Side that the 9th grade student was arrested around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Churchland school resource officer confiscated the gun.

According to Newsome, a teacher had suspicions that the student had a gun in their backpack. The student was reportedly uncooperative, but eventually allowed them to search.

Churchland was on lockdown for one hour Tuesday, according to Newsome. A message about the incident was sent to parents Tuesday, and Newsome says a letter will be sent home as well. 10 On Your Side obtained a copy of the letter from Principal Shawn Millaci, which states, in part:

Safety and security of staff and students is essential. We are committed to working with our students, families and community to keep our campus safe. That is why I am writing to inform you that a student had a weapon at school today. The School Resource Officer and our staff took immediate action and confiscated a gun from a student. The police were contact and the student was taken into custody and removed from the premises. There were no threats made, and no one was injured. The Portsmouth Police Department’s investigation is ongoing at this time. We will have increased security presence at the school for the remainder of the day.”

Read the full letter from Principal Millaci

Police say no one was threatened or injured.

The student was charged with possession of a firearm with ammunition on school property, possession of a stolen firearm, underage possession of a firearm and concealment of a firearm.

Police say more charges could be pending.

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