Gun found in student’s backpack at Paisley IB Magnet School in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — A gun was found at Paisley IB Magnet School on Wednesday, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Winston-Salem police investigated a discharge of a firearm call off-campus near the school on Tuesday, investigators told FOX8’s Michael Hennessey. The investigation into that call led to the recovery of the firearm today. 

A handgun was recovered from a middle school student’s backpack, the sheriff’s office said.

All students and staff are safe.

The student will be charged with possessing a weapon on campus.

Because the student is a juvenile, their identity will not be released.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools send out a notice to parents at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

“Earlier today there was a gun confiscated during a student search, without incident, at Paisley IB Magnet School today,” WS/FCS said in the notice. “No students or staff were ever threatened or harmed and there was no altercation. We take these matters seriously and appreciate our student’s heightened response and efforts in making us and our law enforcement partners aware of anything that is of concern. We are here for students and encourage students and parents to remember if they know something or see something, to say something.” 

Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough said, “We will continue to work through these issues, but more importantly we will continue to work through them together. The issues we are working through, are issues that affect our future and our children. And the future needs us now. So let’s continue to work together, stand together, and make our schools and our community safer.”

This is the fourth gun found this year at the campus shared by Paisley IB Magnet School and Lowrance Middle School. The first three, however, were BB guns.

“As a parent, I’m scared, nervous,” said parent Amanada Mcelrath. “Should I send my kids to school? I mean, it’s fearful but they need to be in school. So I think as parents, we need to get in school so the kids know, ‘Hey, parents are here. We’re with you. We’re in this fight together.'” 

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