Police have arrested a 14-year-old Farmington High School student accused of bringing a gun onto school grounds on December 3.
Police learned about the incident after investigating an alleged threat to the school last week. Officers determined the threat was not credible, but word of the investigation prompted a student to come forward Tuesday to report the incident about a gun being on school grounds the Friday before.
On Monday, police arrested the 14-year-old student accused of having the weapon at school. That student had not been back at school since December 6, police said.
Students and parents gathered at the high school Monday night to get some answers about what has been going on. At a forum, leaders commended a student who saw something concerning and said something, and they hope others do the same.
"The email alone is enough to scare any parent, something is going on," said Aaron Engel of Farmington.
Community members voiced their concerns at the forum.
“Just not very happy with how the district is handling it and the lack of transparency. It’s led to a lot of rumors. A lot of scared students. Anxious parents. And we have no idea how to reassure our kids," said Lisa Humbarger of Farmington.
The school district says there are limits on what it can say and when as it follows laws and makes sure not to compromise the ongoing police investigation.
"All of us want to communicate with all of you as soon as possible," said Farmington Superintendent Kathleen Greider.
The student is charged with illegal possession of a weapon on school grounds, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, and risk of injury to a minor.
Police said there were no threats of gun violence related to the incident.
Officials said they're upping their patrols at schools in town.