ROANOKE, Va. -

Roanoke City Schools is sending home a letter with Woodrow Wilson Middle School students Friday after a student brought a BB gun on a school bus.

The incident happened Wednesday on bus No. 52. Another student reported the incident to an adult. The BB gun was in a backpack.

“I applaud the action of the adult and student who reported the information to the police. Please continue to remind your children to report any suspicious or potentially dangerous activity to school personnel and/or another adult,” Woodrow Wilson Middle School principal Rosalind Henderson wrote in the letter.

While the investigation was taking place, safety precautions were put in place, the letter states. The letter also reinforces that students are not to bring toy guns and other inappropriate items to school.

Here is the letter:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am writing to inform you about an incident that occurred on bus #52 this week. On Wednesday evening, May 7, a student reported to an adult that he had witnessed another student with a BB gun on the bus. The police were quickly involved to investigate the report. Today, school administration received confirmation from the police that the BB gun was in the backpack of a student on the bus on Wednesday. To ensure school safety, precautions were taken while the investigation was ongoing.

This incident has been shared with the Superintendent, the Executive Director for Student Services and our school resource officer. I have also reminded all students not to bring toy guns and other inappropriate items to school.

I applaud the action of the adult and student who reported the information to the police. Please continue to remind your children to report any suspicious or potentially dangerous activity to school personnel and/or another adult.

The safety of our students is our first priority. Please take time to review the RCPS Student Handbook (rule 3, page 9) with your child/ren concerning weapons, dangerous objects, firearms and explosives.

Feel free to contact me directly if you have additional questions or concerns. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Rosalind Henderson, Principal
Woodrow Wilson Middle School

cc: Yolanda Conaway-Wood, Executive for Student Services
Officer Jimmy Goad, Roanoke City Police Department