Unloaded guns found at Roanoke school

Published: May. 17, 2022 at 12:36 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke City Police and Sheriff’s investigators are looking into the discovery of two unloaded guns Tuesday at Westside Elementary School.

The guns were found by school administration and a school resource officer after the school received a report of a weapon on school property, according to a Roanoke City Public Schools spokesperson, who says school administration is cooperating fully with the investigation, saying “Disciplinary action, as appropriate, will be taken.”

The Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office says the school wasn’t placed on lockdown because the student and situation were isolated.

“My heart sunk. The truth of it is, I was shocked but I wasn’t surprised. We’ve had so much gun violence in Roanoke. The only reason it shocked me is because it reached our elementary schools. We always hear about middle schools. We hear a lot about high schools all across the country, but never small children especially so close to home,” said Kayla Jewell, parent of student at Westside Elementary School.

The sheriff’s office says a student has been charged, but wouldn’t disclose the charges.

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