16-year-old charged after bringing firearm to school in Henry County

Deputies said that the School Resource Officer at Bassett High School detained the student, and no one was hurt

BASSETT, Va. – A teen is facing charges after bringing a firearm to Bassett High School, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said.

On Tuesday around 11:30 a.m., a student told BHS staff that another student brought a firearm inside of the school, according to authorities.

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After being notified, deputies said the school staff told the School Resource Officer, who immediately located and detained the student with the firearm.

The Sheriff’s Office said they found a loaded 9mm pistol inside of the student’s backpack, and through their investigation, they learned that the student had shown the gun to another student. It was that student who reported the gun to an adult at the school.

The 16-year-old male has been charged with the following, according to authorities:

  • Possession of a firearm on school property, a felony charge,
  • Possession of a concealed weapon,
  • Possession of a firearm under the age of 18.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office said that the teen is now being held at W.W. Moore Juvenile Detention Facility in Danville, Va.

The school and law enforcement extended their gratitude to the student that brought the firearm to an adult’s attention.

Deputies added that parents should encourage their children to report any safety concerns to the school resource officer, school staff, or even call 911 if necessary.

Anyone having information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). 

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