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Taser and mace found in student’s possession

A taser and mace were found in a student’s possession Tuesday morning in Prince Edward County High School.

According to a letter to parents from Division Superintendent Dr. David Smith, a student reported seeing “a taser in another student’s possession. The student and personal belongings were immediately removed from class and searched by administration and law enforcement personnel. A taser and mace were found and promptly secured by staff members,” Smith said.

At no time were any students or adults in danger of harm, he said. All procedures were followed, Smith added.

“Potentially, the punishment could be consideration by the school board for long-term suspension or expulsion,” Smith said of the incident. “Any incident in which students have dangerous materials or weapons would be referred to the school board student affairs committee and they would make that determination based on the facts of the case,” he said.

“We appreciate the swift response of the school personnel and law enforcement. This student will be dealt with according to Prince Edward County School Board policy and the matter is under investigation by the sheriff’s department,” Smith said.