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Principal Alerts Parents After Weapons Brought To School

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- The principal of Crawford Middle School sent out an email to families after two unloaded firearms were brought to the school Wednesday. 

In a press conference, it was announced that a B.B. gun, the antique revolver, and the handgun were all found at the start of the day thanks to tips by students.

Two 8th graders will be charged with unlawful possession for the antique revolver and the handgun. Officials say ammo was found separately. A 6th grader had the B.B. gun. That student will not be charged but will face disciplinary action. In the press conference, officials said that the B.B. gun is not considered a weapon. 

The investigation continues. 

"Dear Crawford Middle School Families:

As you know, your children are our top priority here at Crawford Middle School and we work diligently to keep them safe and create a positive learning environment on campus.  Maintaining open lines of communication between home and school is critical in order for us to earn the trust of our families and build strong relationships with the people we serve.

I’m writing this afternoon to make you aware of an incident that occurred at school today. Any time there is a health or safety issue on campus, we want you to have the facts directly from us.

Acting on information we received from our students, we conducted an investigation with assistance from the Fayette County Public Schools Department of Law Enforcement, and determined that two unloaded firearms were brought to school today. The weapons included an antique revolver and an unloaded handgun. Separately we recovered ammunition.

We are working closely with the families of the students involved. We are confident that all of our students are safe.

There is no tolerance for weapons on our school campuses and the students involved will face serious administrative consequences through the school district. Two students have been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.

In an unrelated investigation, we determined that a student had an unloaded BB gun at school. A BB gun is considered a dangerous instrument and is not allowed at school. I assure you that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

We’re proud of those individuals who did the right thing by alerting adults to the situation. At Crawford Middle School, we work hard to build trusting relationships with all of our students, and this is an example of the strength of those relationships.

Our goal is to establish a positive school culture and climate where every student is connected to at least one caring adult. Our teachers and staff play an important role in school safety by building trusting relationships with students so that they feel comfortable sharing information. Today’s incident is a testament to the strength of those relationships, and reminds us that keeping lines of communication open with students is the best way to keep our campuses safe.

We also need your help to ensure that our students fully understand the importance of keeping our campuses weapon-free. Individually, we count on our students not to bring contraband to school, and collectively, we need them to commit to alerting adults when they become aware of a safety concern on campus.

You can support us at home by staying active in the lives of your children – ensuring that they don’t have access to contraband, regularly checking jackets, backpacks and pockets, and encouraging them to be involved with friends and activities that support a healthy lifestyle.

I want to assure you that as principal, I am committed to taking every precaution to keep Crawford Middle School a safe place to learn and work. We have wonderful students, caring staff, and supportive families and this is not the kind of incident we will allow to happen on our campus.

Thank you for your continued support and as always, please do not hesitate to call me with questions or concerns at 859-381-3370.

Sincerely,

Mike Jones, principal"

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