State Police Sergeant Chad Dick with the Jasper Post reports that the Indiana State Police conducted a school walkthrough/sweep at Southridge High School Wednesday morning and found a gun.
School Officials requested the Indiana State Police K-9’s come do a walk-through of the school to locate any illegal drugs that may be on the school grounds. No drugs were found during the sweep.
Trooper Brian Laroche and his K-9 Blackie were conducting open air sniffs around the vehicles in the parking lot of the high school when Blackie alerted on a Chevrolet S-10 pick-up. Upon locating the student responsible for the vehicle, the vehicle was opened and Laroche located a loaded 9mm Taurus handgun in the center console.
The student has been identified as 18 year old Cole Meyer of Huntingburg. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Dubois County Security Center. The infraction carries a Class D Felony charge for Possession of a Firearm on School Property.
Southwest Dubois School Superintendent Terry Enlow spoke to WITZ News Wednesday and said that all parents were notified through the school communication system and that the school was on high alert, even though the discovery of the gun was not due to a threat against people in the school:
Enlow went on to say that the danger was minimal:
Whether the student is suspended or expelled from the school remains to be seen.
Indiana State Police remind citizens that it is illegal to possess a firearm in or on school property; in or on property that is being used by a school for a school function; or on a school bus.