Student brought replica gun to Richmond High

A potential tragedy was averted at a Richmond high school this morning when a student believed to have a firearm was quickly identified and peacefully taken into custody, a police spokesman said.

Police got word early this morning that a student on campus at Richmond High School might have a gun, according to Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan.

The school was locked down immediately and two of the police department's school resource officers worked with school administrators to figure out which student it might be, Tan said.

The school resource officers found the student, who had a replica gun in his backpack, and took him into custody, Tan said. The lockdown was then lifted.

"The department is relieved that this incident ended swiftly and peacefully, and no one was hurt," Tan said. "This is yet another great example of the importance of having the SROs in schools for everyone's safety, along with their ability to mentor and coach the students."

The Richmond Police Department's School Resource Unit is made up of eight dedicated officers who work the city's high schools and middle Schools.