West High School student was arrested Tuesday after he brought a loaded handgun to the Near West Side school, Madison police said.
Tyrese T. Williams, 18, was arrested on a tentative felony charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone, Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.
West High’s school resource officer received information Tuesday morning about a student possibly having a gun in the building, DeSpain said. The handgun was found in Williams’ backpack when it was searched, DeSpain said.
Principal Karen Boran said in an email to parents that “response protocols” were put in place when school staff learned about the potential of a firearm.
2005: Gangs and school violence forum: audio and video.
2017: West High Teacher on our disastrous reading results:
“Here’s my data from this year and this is why I’m here:
Of the 65 students plus or minus it kind of changes this year 24 of them are regular ed students.
Another way to say they don’t have an IEP so there is no excuse for that reading intervention in (that group).
12 of those 24 have been enrolled in Madison School since Pre-K kindergarten or kindergarden. 12 students have been in Madison Schools.”
Police department spokesman Joel DeSpain said a school resource officer was notified Tuesday morning that a student may have a gun in the building.
DeSpain said the gun was found in Tyrese T. Williams’ backpack. The 18-year-old was arrested for possessing a firearm in a school zone.
According to Tim Lemonds, the school district spokesperson, in an interview with NBC15 News: “The way the principal and her team and especially our educational resource officer – the way they were able to respond quickly and isolate this student and make that area safe for other students, to address the issue, was exactly the way we train.”
A letter was sent to parents by Madison West High School principal Karen Boran.