JHS student taken into police custody after discovery of weapon



On Tuesday morning, a school resource officer with the Joplin Police Department became involved in an investigation at the Joplin High School regarding a juvenile who had brought a handgun to the school.

A 14-year-old juvenile male at the high school was contacted and a handgun was seized from his backpack located in a classroom. The juvenile was transported to the Jasper County Juvenile Detention where he is being held for unlawful use of a weapon. 

The handgun was discovered to have been reported stolen to the Joplin Police Department on December 14th, 2018. In that case, the handgun was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the northwest part of town at a residence. 

Though the investigation is early, at this time there is no known threats that were made and no further safety concern is known.

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A Joplin High School student was taken into police custody for bringing a stolen weapon to campus. 

The Joplin School District says a student overheard a comment about another high school student having a weapon.

When administrators were notified, they immediately apprehended the student in question and called police. Authorities say that took place at the beginning of the first period, which starts around 8:30 a.m. 

The Joplin Police Department and Jasper County Juvenile Office say there was a stolen weapon confiscated from a 14-year-old male.

No threats were made to indicate the student had intent to harm anyone. The student is still in custody right now, and police have assured the public that the school is safe.

The school day will continue as usual, and authorities will continue to investigate.

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