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Update- Arrest Made -- Two Handguns Brought to a Knox County School

Date of News Release: 04/30/2015

guns that were brought to school

(Dewitt, Ky.) - The parents of the two small kids have been cited and released. The father, John W Jackson Jr, 50, of Flat Lick was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. The mother, Melissa Jackson, 44, of Flat Lick was cited and released. She is also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. Both kids were placed with grandparents.

The bus driver, Charles R. Honce III of Flat Lick was arrested at Dewitt Elementary at approximately 5:00p.m. by Tpr. Jason Partin. Mr. Honce is charged with Facilitation to unlawfully possess a weapon on school property. Mr. Honce was made aware by a student on the bus that a child had a handgun while on their way to school. However, Mr. Honce failed to alert any school staff or stop and check for any weapons. He is lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Original News Release Below:

 

Two Handguns Brought to a Knox County School

Date of News Release: 04/30/2015

(Dewitt, Ky.) - On April 30, 2015 at 7:40 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call from the principal at Dewitt Elementary School. Dispatchers were notified that two students brought two small pistols to school in their backpacks. Troopers from Post 10 were dispatched to the school.

Preliminary investigation indicates two brothers, a six year old and seven year old brought two handguns from their home onto the bus in their backpacks. While on the bus, the guns were shown to other students. One of the guns was loaded. Once the bus arrived at the school, another student told a teacher and immediately the school went on lock down. The school personal retrieved both guns and contacted KSP. Once troopers arrived at the school the lock down was lifted. Both students are charged with Possession of a Firearm on school property. At this time KSP is still at the school conducting interviews. Knox County Social Services were also contacted and are assisting.

Case is still under investigation by Tpr. Jason Partin. Also assisted at the scene was Tpr. Kelly Farris.