A 15-year-old student at Indian River High School snuck a rifle into the school today, where the quick actions of a teacher prevented tragedy, Jefferson County Sheriff??s Deputies say.
Deputies say the student had a detailed plan, which was set in motion months ago. At the end of class at about 12:50 pm, the student opened up a case that had the rifle, which he was able to get into school earlier in the day.
The student and the rifle were detained, and the school was put on lockdown.
A K-9 unit was brought in to aid in the investigation, and deputies and troopers stood by as a precaution as the students were let out.
No one was injured during the incident, and the school district put this message on their website:
"The purpose of this message is to inform you that today, Wednesday, January 15, 2014, a student transported a rifle to school and brought it into the High School building. The rifle was in a transport case. When the case was opened in a classroom, the teacher immediately secured the weapon and police were notified. The weapon and the student are now in police custody. No students or staff were threatened or injured during this incident and the police continue to investigate this incident. As a District, we wish to reassure you that all of the students and staff are safe. If you have any questions, feel free to call your school's main office."
The investigation is ongoing, and the name of the student is being withheld due to age.