Belleville West sending students home early after report of weapon in school

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Students were sent home early from Belleville West High School on Monday after a loaded firearm was found on campus.

According to the Belleville Police Department, administrators contacted police around 11:15 a.m. about a student bringing a gun to school.

Investigators learned the student brought the gun to school in his book bag. He placed the book bag in his gym locker and went to gym class. The student came back to his locker and discovered his book bag had been opened and the firearm missing.

School officials placed the campus on lockdown and initiated an early dismissal. Deputies with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department assisted Belleville police and school staff in getting the students out of the building.

Belleville police said there was no active shooter at any point.

A voicemail message sent to parents said that a student brought a weapon to the school.

Listen to the message to parents here:

Belleville police said the investigation remains ongoing and they're interviewing several students involved in the matter.

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