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Frankfort Community High School on lockdown after gun found in locker


Frankfort Community High School is on lockdown on Wednesday after a weapon was found in a locker and a student was arrested.

The West Frankfort High School received information on Tuesday that there was a handgun stored in the building. 

Officials found and interviewed a male juvenile suspect, who was subsequently suspended from school after an item of drug paraphernalia was recovered.

On Wednesday, school officials were approached again by a juvenile who told them where the weapon was.

Superintendent Dr. Greg Goins said the weapon was not loaded and was found in an unassigned locker.

Through the course of the investigation, police say the male suspect was found to be responsible for allegedly bringing the gun to school. After he was suspended on Tuesday, they say he left the gun in a locker and was not at school during the recovery.

The handgun was identified as being owned by a family member of the suspect.

The school was placed on lockdown and searched. No further items were found.

Police say there was no indication that there was a plan that would be indicative of an active shooter scenario.

No students or faculty were in danger during the event.

"It's a sigh of relief that we had a very positive ending today," Goins said. "But too many times in other situations, disastrous things can happen. I mean it's scary and it's something we'll continue to talk about and think about moving forward." 

The suspect has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, transporting a weapon onto state property and theft.

Additional charges are forthcoming.

The high school remains on lockdown as part of the school's safety plan.

Goins said the school day will continue as normal. 

Read the statement by the school posted on the school's website.

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