MIDDLEBURG, SNYDER COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A story that started this morning at a middle school in Snyder County, a student allegedly brought a firearm to school and was taken into police custody.
The incident took place at the Midd-West Middle School around 7:45 a.m. The school district’s superintendent tells Eyewitness News they’re relieved no one was injured and this didn’t turn out worse
“After 8 o’clock I received a phone call that a handgun, a 9-millimeter handgun was found on a student at the middle school as they were exiting the bus,” said Joe Stroup.
Joe Stroup, the superintendent at Midd-West School District, says the student, who has not been identified, allegedly showed the gun to some students while on the bus.
“The student said, ‘you don’t have the courage to do that,’ and he showed them that he had it. And that person as well as a couple people around that seat, then immediately went to the principal and reported,” Stroup told Eyewitness News.
The school has police officers on campus who searched the student and found a gun and ammunition in his possession. The student was taken into custody by Middleburg police.
The district resumed class for all students and contacted parents about the incident.
“We swept all the buildings in the district just out of precaution’s sake, interviewed the student, and the police felt it was an isolated incident and we were good to continue,” the Stroup explained.
Stroup says things could have turned out a lot worse and commends the students for coming forward.
“When students step forward and do the right thing and point these things out that adults can’t know, then adults can handle situations appropriately,” he said.
At this point, we don’t know what charges the student is facing, but the Middleburg Police Department is continuing to investigate.