Greenville high school student charged with having gun at school

Published: Oct. 11, 2019 at 11:44 AM EDT
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A student at a local high school has been charged after police say he brought a handgun to school Friday morning.

Greenville police say school administrators and resource officers at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville learned that a student may have a gun in his possession.

Police were notified and immediately identified the 15-year-old student who they say did, in fact, had a handgun on him.

The student was taken into juvenile custody and charged with having a weapon on school property.

Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said, “I would like to commend the school resource officers and school administrators for their swift actions in identifying this individual and recovering a weapon. Even more importantly, the Greenville Police Department would like to thank the individuals who initially reported this information. While the Greenville Police Department is not aware of any direct threats made by the student toward others, our number one priority continues to be the safety and well-being of students and staff at the school.”

Police say there is no ongoing threat to students or staff and there will be an increased presence of officers at J.H. Rose for the remainder of the day for added reassurance.

GPD School Resource Officers are accessible to students at all times and are encouraged to report suspicious behavior without fear of retaliation.

There is no ongoing threat to students or staff at the school. Officers will have an increased presence at the school for the remainder of the day as an added reassurance.

Pitt County Schools also released a statement commending students and staff members at J.H. Rose High School for bringing a safety concern to our attention.

School officials say as a result of the “See Something, Say Something” efforts made the school community, followed by the quick response by our administration and the Greenville Police Department, any possible threats to the safety of our students and staff were quickly resolved.