A Waupaca High School student faces expulsion for allegedly bringing a handgun to school Tuesday.
At 3:30 p.m., a student told high school administrators that a female student had a gun in her handbag while she was at school.
By the time the gun was reported, the student had left school.
District Administrator Dave Poeschl said police were notified and they went to the girl’s home to investigate the report. They found a .40-caliber handgun that matched the description given to administrators.
“We believe the weapon was on school grounds, even though we didn’t see it,” Poeschl said, noting that the student who reported the gun provided a detailed description that matched the .40-caliber handgun that police found at the girl’s home.
“At no time was there any indication the student was intending to use the handgun,” Poeschl said. “Nor is there any evidence the handgun was displayed outside of the student’s handbag.”
The student has been suspended pending an expulsion hearing before the Waupaca School Board.
“The district’s best defense against dangerous behaviors is fellow students being vigilant and reporting all potentially dangerous situations,” Poeschl said. “It was a student who reported this incident to authorities and we need to recognize his decision to do the right thing.”
The student who reported seeing the gun will be eligible for the Quick $50 reward offered by Waupaca County Crimestoppers.