Student arrested for bringing gun to Everett HS, parents react

Parents are upset they found out about the situation second-hand.
Parents react to news of a gun found at Everett HS
Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 11:29 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Lansing Police have confirmed to News 10 that a gun was found at Everett High School Tuesday morning.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the Lansing School District Department of Public Safety received a tip that a student may be in possession of a weapon. During an investigation, a 17-year-old male student was located taken into custody.

A weapon was recovered from the student’s possession. Police cannot confirm if the recovered gun is related to a shooting on Monday that left 17-year-old Anthony Alvion-lnez Davis III dead.

School spokesperson Bob Kolt said there was a lockdown at the campus for about an hour. Both the student and weapon were released to the Lansing Police Department.

Parents are upset they did not hear about the incident until after the fact.

“As a parent, my concern is that we were not informed,” one mother, who asked not to be named, said. “We were not told ‘this is happening. We’re taking care of the situation. We will let you know when all is said and done.’”

Her 15-year-old son attends Everett and says she learned of the lockdown and gun second-hand, instead of from the district.

Lansing School District Superintendent Ben Shuldiner said the reason parents did not receive notification until after the fact is because they needed to focus on the students.

“We want to give our families as much information as soon as possible,” Shuldiner said. “When you’re in the middle of something, you want to be sure you’re keeping the children safe in the school. So we’re going to communicate with the families as quickly as we possibly can, but the most important thing is making sure that the students are safe, the faculty is safe.”

The district said they are thankful they were able to stop a situation that could have turned violent.

“What we did today is a textbook example of hearing something, investigating it, protecting students, and making sure the issue went off without incident.”

Shuldiner said Wednesday will be business as usual at the school, but there will be a larger teacher presence in the halls. They will also discuss whether or not more police presence is needed in the building.

“This is an excellent example of how the community can come together to help prevent possible violence,” said Shuldiner. “Thanks to the community, the Lansing School District Public Safety, and the partnership with the Lansing Police Department, the issue was resolved without incident.”

The incident is under investigation by police. No charges against the 17-year-old student that was arrested have been announced. News 10 will update this story as more information is made available.

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