Wilson High School Principal: “at around 1:15 pm a gun was discovered in a student’s bookbag”

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From a press release [3950 Chesapeake St, NW]:

“Incident at Wilson
December 1, 2015

Dear members of the Wilson High School Community,

At Wilson High School, we highly value and are committed to fostering a learning environment where students feel safe and secure. We also want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise.

This is to alert you that at around 1:15 pm a gun was discovered in a student’s bookbag. The gun has been surrendered to police, and the student is being detained. At this time there is no immediate threat to the school. All students are safe. We will share additional details with you as appropriate.

I want to assure you that the safety of all Wilson High School students is one of our top priorities, and we remain committed to ensuring that your students are safe.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this incident or safety and security at our school, please feel free to contact me. Thank you again for your cooperation and support.


Kimberly Martin

Principal, Wilson High School”

13 Comment

  • “the safety of all Wilson High School students is one of our top priorities”

    This makes it sound like there are other priorities that are more important

    • I would say that education of all Wilson High School students is a more important priority. I mean, that is precisely why schools exist in the first place. (Whether they are meeting that goal is another matter…)

    • *facepalm*

    • Blithe

      No, it makes it sound like they are capable of having more than one priority at a time. Safety, well-being, and education are qualities that can be valued and implemented simultaneously.

  • That’s absolutely horrible. I do wonder though, how frequently this happens at other DC high schools. I can’t imagine this is the first such incident this year in DCPS, but it’s definitely the first I heard it happen.

    • It would be more interesting to know how often this happens at every school in every state. Is there a correlation between how often guns are found on campus to how often there are mass shootings at schools? I don’t know.

      • Why the interest only in mass shootings? Non-mass shootings take place too, although these days non-mass shootings are considered so unremarkable that we hear only about mass shootings.

    • I would be surprised if this didn’t happen frequently. I went to high school in howard county and there was still a gun found every other year, if not every year in my school while I was there.

  • Where do these youth get their handguns? It just seems so out of control in DC. Almost the norm to be carrying a firearm and to solve disputes with guns within some of the peer groups around here. Really troubling as a DCPS parent!

    • It’s interesting because my initial reaction was whether it could have been for protection, since many of the kids who go to school in Tenleytown commute in from other parts of the city. Then again, it could be for more nefarious purposes. I’d be surprised if we found out.

  • I wonder if they found it while the kid was going through the metal detectors or if he/she snuck it in some other way. And how did they discover it?

    • I remember 15 years ago people could get stuff in through the field entrance on Nebraska; remember a couple of kids bringing knives/switchblades in that way (never saw a firearm) and stashing them in the gym locker rooms. I know that entrance is still open.

    • NBC Washington said on the news the kid showed it to another student.

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