A 19-year-old student was arrested after he brought a gun onto Warhill High School property on Friday, according to a statement from Jeffery Carroll, the school’s principal.
Da’Quan Thomas Ky’Le Williams, 19, of Toano, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property and carrying a concealed weapon illegally, according to a James City County Police Department news release.
James City police were called to Warhill at 11:40 a.m. Friday after a student told administrators they saw a gun in Williams’s gym bag, the release stated.
“Because staff and a school resource officer handled this matter quickly, most students were not aware of the incident and instruction continued without interruption,” Carroll said in an emailed statement to parents.
Officers located the firearm with six rounds of ammunition in its magazine in Williams’ bag, while one loose round was found in his vehicle, according to the release. It remains unclear whether or not there was a round in the chamber of the pistol, and the firearm is in the possession of the police.
The incident is under active investigation by the James City County Police Department, according to department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams. Police officers have taken Williams to the jail, where his is being held without bond.
Williams was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon illegally in Newport News in January 2018, according to online court records.
The prior conviction bumps the charge of carrying a concealed weapon illegally from a misdemeanor to a felony for Williams, according to the Virginia Code.
“As you discuss this with your children tonight, please review with them the role they play in keeping our school safe, specifically, if they ever see something suspicious, please encourage them to find an administrator or staff member and report their concerns,” said Carroll.
If convicted, Williams faces as much as two years in jail and $5,000 in fines for both felony charges.
Williams could also face disciplinary action from the school as severe as expulsion, the school division said in a statement.
W-JCC school division spokeswoman Eileen Cox thanked the James City police for their quick response and expressed gratitude to school officials for following policy.
The school division declined to comment further.
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