A student at Foster Elementary School was arrested this morning after school officials discovered that a weapon was brought onto the school’s campus.
School officials acted promptly to isolate the student and maintain the safety of all students and staff during the discovery and investigation process.
Local law enforcement and the St. Mary Parish School Board’s School Resource Officer assisted in investigating the incident and verified the authenticity of the weapon in the student’s possession. Parents were immediately informed through the school system’s JCampus communication system. Additionally, school officials will continue to employ all safety measures that ensure a secure campus each day.
The Franklin Police Department has also released the following information regarding the incident:
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at approximately 9:56 AM, the Franklin Police Department was notified that a student at W.P. Foster Elementary School was in possession of a firearm. Upon arrival, officers with the Franklin Police Department with assistance from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office were able to locate the weapon in the student's waistband.
Juvenile male, 11, was arrested on May 11, 2022, at 10:13 AM, on the charges of illegal carrying of a weapon, illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile, and disturbing the peace by alarming the public. The juvenile was booked, processed, and released pending juvenile court.