LC Bird student will be charged with bringing a loaded magazine to school

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A 16-year-old student at Loyd C. Bird High School is in a juvenile detention center after police say he brought a loaded magazine onto school grounds Monday.

According to an email sent to families, a fight at the school prompted a police investigation that eventually led to the discovery of the weapon.

“This was brought to the attention of school administrators following the fight that occurred this morning,” wrote Adrienne Blanton, the high school’s principal. “This disruption briefly delayed the planned class change while Chesterfield Police assisted with the investigation.”

Chesterfield police said the student allegedly pulled up his shirt and had a gun in his waistband during the altercation. The reported firearm was not recovered, but the loaded magazine was.

The juvenile was reportedly charged with assault and battery, possession of a firearm on school property and possession of a concealed weapon on school property. He was then taken to a juvenile detention center.

Some parents have expressed concerns to 8News about the timing of the bond.

“If the cops are called to my kid’s school, I’d like to get a message,” said Erica Martinez, LC Bird parent. “The situation happened between 8:20 and 11, and the parents don’t find out until 2?”

According to Chesterfield County Schools, the email was sent to parents at 2 p.m., about an hour before school ended. However, Martinez said when she arrived at the school around 11 a.m., police were already there.

“When I got to the school, there were two police cars and another in the parking lot,” she said. “At that point, I still had no idea what was going on.”

After sending a list of questions to school administrators, 8News received the same email response as parents. Martinez, still shaken a day later, said she hopes it will be handled better in the future.

“I’m just worried about my baby,” she said.

The full statement from LC Bird High School can be read below:

Dear parents and guardians!

Maintaining a safe, supportive and supportive learning environment remains a top priority at Bird High School. By working with parents and our community, we are confident that we can continue to provide a school environment free of distraction and disruption.

We continue to remind students that, with very limited exceptions, items that may be considered weapons are not permitted on school property or in vehicles on school property. Serious school discipline and police/legal consequences are possible for students who do not follow the law.

We will also continue to share with students the importance of telling an adult if something is wrong. Our students already understand this, as was demonstrated earlier when it became known that the ammunition store was located on the school premises. This was brought to the attention of the school administration after the fight that took place this morning. This failure briefly delayed our scheduled class change while Chesterfield Police assisted with the investigation.

Parents, please help us reinforce this message … Even if a student brings something to school by mistake, they can face serious consequences, including suspension, expulsion, or a stint in a juvenile detention center.

As we do consistently throughout the year, we are reminding students today of the expectations for their behavior. Please help us reinforce these expectations tonight with your children. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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