There’s been a major effort in Guilford County Schools – and in school systems around the country – to keep guns off of school grounds but an incident at Northeast Guilford High School shows how hard that objective is to achieve.
On Tuesday, Oct. 5, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department reported that two juveniles were found with a handgun at Northeast Guilford High School on Monday, Oct. 4.
According to the report, a School Resource Officer (SRO), as well as school administrators at the school, were alerted to the possible presence of a gun somewhere on campus.
“Working together,” the report states, “the SRO and school administration located the suspected individuals in a vehicle in the school parking lot.”
During that investigation, a gun was discovered inside the vehicle.
The youths have both been charged with “possession of a weapon on educational property” as well as “possession of a stolen firearm.”
Due to their age, the Sheriff’s Department isn’t releasing the names of the juveniles.
Sheriff’s Department officials issued a statement to students to tell only school administrators and SRO’s about guns on campus.
“The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office wishes to remind all students to report suspicious activity directly to law enforcement and school administrators,” the statement reads. “Do not share with friends and other students as this only creates panic and facilitates the spread of misinformation.”
Ever since Valentine’s Day, 2018 – the day of the high school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead – both the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and the Guilford County Board of Education have engaged in renewed effort to keep guns off of school grounds. However, events like the one on Oct. 4 and other recent events in the county’s schools show that completely eliminating the threat entirely is extremely difficult or impossible.