Festus High School

A male Festus High School student allegedly was found this morning (Sept. 12) with several weapons in his vehicle and faces a range of disciplinary actions, Festus R-6 School District spokesman Kevin Pope said.

The district sent an email to parents this afternoon informing them about the incident, which occurred about 7:45 a.m. when a student reportedly told high school administrators that another student had a gun on campus.

“School administrators immediately removed the student from class and initiated a search of the student’s vehicle,” said Pope, the district’s coordinator of communications and special projects. “That search yielded an Airsoft-type BB gun, three small knives and a pair of brass knuckles.”

After the search, the student was taken into custody by a district school resource officer and juvenile authorities, Pope said.

“The range (of disciplinary action) can be suspension up to and including expulsion,” Pope said.

He said he had no other information about the student.

Pope said district officials appreciate the student who reported the incident.

“We really commend the student for heading it off and reporting it,” he said.