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La Follette High School

La Follette High School Principal Sean Storch said in an email Wednesday that a student brought a .22-caliber handgun to school but did not make any threats against individuals.

A La Follette High School student brought a loaded handgun to school on Wednesday, Madison police reported.

Principal Sean Storch said in an email to parents that officials received a report that a student was possibly in possession of a weapon. La Follette's educational resource officer, a Madison police officer assigned to the school, made contact with the student, who initially resisted being taken into custody, Storch said.

A .22-caliber handgun was found by the officer, and the student did not make any threats against individuals or the school, Storch said.

The handgun was loaded with ammunition, according to a Madison police news release put out early Thursday.

The student was transported to the Dane County Juvenile Reception Center. 

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"While I know this is unsettling and unacceptable to all of us, I also want you to know that this shows the importance of working together, hearing concerns from students, and acting urgently to keep each other safe," Storch said in the email.

Storch said Madison School District policy requires a suspension and an expulsion recommendation for any incidents involving firearms.

The incident followed a Tuesday night meeting between parents of La Follette High School students, Superintendent Jen Cheatham and Storch to discuss safety and security at the school at 702 Pflaum Road.


Editor's note: This story was updated with information from a Madison police news release.

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