At approximately 10:30 this morning, while contractors were repairing a fence at the Middle School, they discovered a handgun lying on the ground where the fence line meets the cul-de-sac at Devine Place. They immediately notified District officials and security personnel, who then contacted law enforcement authorities. The police responded to the scene immediately, confiscated the weapon, and are presently investigating the incident.

The police also verified that there was no threat to students and staff, and that there was no need for the school to initiate a lockdown. Instruction continued without interruption. The police will continue to investigate the incident and communicate any important information to District officials. The health, safety, and welfare of our students and staff is always our top priority. We commend the workers for immediately reporting the incident. The Edmund W. Miles Middle School is, and will continue to be, a safe place for our students and staff.