The incident occurred around 11 a.m. Wednesday in a specialized classroom on the QVMS campus. School officials say staff took the gun from the student immediately and without incident. A staff member scanned the room and discovered a second, unloaded handgun in a cabinet.
The school was under a temporary lockdown to make sure the incident was isolated to that classroom. Officials say no other students in the classroom were aware of the discovery.
According to school officials, the student discovered the unloaded handgun in a classroom cabinet that was recently donated and had been taped shut. Officials say the guns and cabinet were donated by the family of a deceased person, and the family thought the cabinet was empty.
“Moving forward, the district will be reviewing its practices in regards to accepting and collecting donations for campus use,” school officials said in a statement. “The safety of our students is always our first and foremost priority. We are grateful for the way our staff members quickly responded to this incident in order to ensure the safety of students in this classroom, as well as everyone on our campus.”