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Gun found in student's backpack at Wentzville high school

Gun found in student's backpack at Wentzville high school

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WENTZVILLE — School officials found an unloaded pistol and one round of ammunition in the backpack of a Holt High School student Tuesday.

Officials received a tip from a student that another student might have a gun in a car, a school district statement said. Officials, including a Wentzville police officer who is the school resource officer, found the student in the school. They found the gun and a magazine containing one bullet, the school district said in a "safety alert" on Facebook.

Officials said the student and the gun were in police custody. "The instructional day is continuing and we want to stress that we have nothing to indicate there was an immediate threat to the school," the statement said.

Police referred questions to the district.

District spokeswoman Mary LaPak declined to say whether the student had offered an explanation for the gun, saying it was part of the investigation. She said there was not an active shooter situation at the school.

The district's statement thanked the student tipster and also "Holt administrators and law enforcement for the quick and safe resolution."

The high school is at 600 Campus Drive, a half-mile north of Interstate 70.

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