Weapon found in student’s car at MHS
LEDGER – Mitchell County Schools Superintendent Chad Calhoun issued a statement around 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, about the discovery of a weapon in a student’s car at Mitchell High School.
Calhoun said a .22-caliber pistol was then taken from the car and principal Mark Woody and the school resource officer followed all state and local school board policies, including consulting with the district attorney’s office and Mitchell County Sheriff Donald Street in the investigation.
“From the time the weapon was discovered until the situation was resolved, there was never a student in danger,” Calhoun said.
Street said after the investigation, the student was charged with possession of a firearm on school property, which is a felony. He was then arrested and released on a $3,000 secured bond. He is serving a mandatory 10-day suspension from school.
The pistol was discovered after sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer Justin Biddix performed a routine patrol of the school’s parking lot.
“In plain view officer Biddix saw some spent .22-caliber shells in the floorboard of a vehicle,” Street said. “Upon closer inspection, Biddix saw what appeared to be the butt of a gun under the seat.”
Street described the incident as “unfortunate.”
“The law is not specific to certain situations,” Street said. “Being in possession of a firearm on school property is the obvious offense in this situation.”