Schools back to normal after guns found on properties

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — There were some scary moments for students on Wednesday after a gun and knife were found at Lincoln County High School, and a gun and a magazine were found on a bus on the way to Ripley Middle School.

Jackson County Superintendent Blaine Hess said he was incredibly grateful to the student who grabbed the magazine and told the bus driver what was going on.

“The ingredients were there with a gun and ammunition on the bus,” he said. “You know, I can never say for sure, you always play guesswork, but it was a serious situation.”

Mo Kennedy, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers, said since school started in the fall of 2021, there have been more gun cases in and around schools across the country.

“In these cases, it all comes down to good relationships in place before these incidents happened, and students involved in these incidents having the confidence to speak to a trusted adult,” Kennedy said.

If things had played out a little differently in the two districts on Wednesday, today’s stories could be quite different. Hess said it was now about giving students the opportunity to talk about what happened.

“The school is taking time with each of their sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes to spend time with them today to debrief the incident,” he said.

We also reached out to Lincoln County Superintendent Jeffery Kelley to see if they were planning something similar. He said they are not.

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