Virginia Police and school officials are investigating an incident in which a high school student brought a gun onto a school bus and was shot in the leg.
A Petersburg school bus driver said he heard what sounded like a small pop while driving on March 16. But what he thought was mere firecracker was actually a gunshot. The student who brought the gun onto the bus was struck in his leg, WTVR reports.
Petersburg High Principal Alicia Fields sent a letter out to parents on March 19, informing them of the situation.
“Today, it’s been determined that around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015, a high school student who was riding bus number 61 had a concealed weapon,” Fields wrote. “During the transport, the gun discharged - striking the student in question.”
The letter went on to state that high school administrators are working with the police to investigate the matter. The principal assured parents that school leaders are “vigorously reviewing the incident, as well as policy and procedures.”
School officials did not say where the boy got the gun or why he had it on the bus.
There is no word on the condition of the student or his injuries. The student has not been back to school since the shooting, according to CBS 6 News.
“Obviously, we are taking this incredibly seriously,” Nicole Bell, spokesperson for Petersburg schools, told WTVR. “There are safety measures in place here at the high school. There are metal detectors. There are wands. We have school resource officers here in our building.”
Some parents were outraged that the school did not notify them about the incident immediately after it happened. Officials said the delay occurred because the information was not confirmed until three days after the fact.