FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Wayne High School officials confiscated a gun from the building on Tuesday.
This comes after the school initially investigated the “possibility of a gun” last Thursday.
In a letter sent to families, Principal John Houser said the school searched “the person, the book bag and the area of the classroom where we found the book bag.”
After an additional search on Tuesday, officials found the gun. It’s unclear where it was found or who is responsible.
This is the second instance of a weapon at Fort Wayne Community Schools in less than a week.
A student brought a gun to Snider High School just last week.
“We just hide or go in the closet, hide under the desk,” Wayne High School graduate Jamari Tabb said.
Tabb says this standard safety procedure isn’t enough to protect students’ lives.
“I think they should get metal detectors or something, or check them before they walk in the school,” he said.
In a message emailed to families, Principal John Houser said, "We stand firm that our school is a safe environment, and we will work hard to keep it that way."
Some parents are finding that hard to believe.
“It’s been sitting there for days. No notification. My son is on the football team. They had a game Friday. They had practice all day Saturday. Anything could’ve happened,” Wayne High School parent Tasha Harris said.
Harris is shocked the district allowed students back in the classroom before finding the weapon.
“You could have sent an email out saying ‘hey we’re gonna extend fall break due to anything.’ You could’ve said anything until you found the gun. To allow kids to come back knowing that you had not found the gun is not the smartest thing at all,” she said.
FOX 55 reached out to FWCS for comment and received the following statement from district spokeswoman Krista Stockman:
"I can't get into the details of our safety procedures, but when a student brings a weapon to school it is rarely because of an issue at school and most likely an issue in the community.
Children having access to weapons is a community-wide issue that everyone needs to address.
Students and parents must clearly understand that schools are no place for weapons.
And, when our students and parents hear about a weapon at school, they need to tell an adult in the building right away.
Everyone plays a role in maintaining a safe learning environment, and, typically, our students are very good partners in that effort."