Weapon found on Windsor Forest High student after fight in cafeteria

Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 2:48 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2022 at 10:02 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A student was found with a weapon at Windsor Forest High School on Wednesday.

According to the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, a fight took place in the cafeteria. Some students in the cafeteria told school officials that a weapon was seen. Multiple viewers sent us videos of a fight that broke out at the school and a student brandishing a gun shortly after the altercation was broken up.

The school was placed on lockdown while campus police conducted a search. According to the school system, a weapon was taken from a student involved in the fight.

An 11th grader says the incident scared several of his classmates. He says he feels unsafe going to school moving forward because students aren’t required to go through metal detectors when they enter the building each day.

“People in the background started screaming gun, gun. I feel like they should be using metal detectors. Today just shows why. The fact that a kid was able to bring a gun into the cafeteria and pull it out in a fight, anything could have happened. The kid could’ve got shot. The kid could’ve turned around and started shooting other kids. Anything could have happened,” the 11 grader said.

His stepfather shares similar concerns.

“What if that kid would’ve pulled the trigger and the bullet ricochet off the floor? What if he turned around and shot the principle or somebody caught a stray bullet? It’s just like if the parents have to go through the metal detectors, the kid should as well,” the stepfather said.

A spokesperson for the school district said there are metal detectors and wands on sight, but they are only used on students during random administrative inspections and for events where security screenings are used.

SCCPSS school officials say they are dedicated to keeping students safe. Below is the full statement from the SCCPSS:

“This morning, an altercation took place in the cafeteria at Windsor Forest High School. Some students present in the cafeteria at that time, alerted administrators that a weapon had been seen. Administrators immediately placed the campus on lockdown and called Campus Police to conduct a search. A student involved in the incident was found to be in possession of a weapon which was seized and secured by our Campus Police Department. All students are safe and accounted for and there is no immediate threat to the school. The initial investigation indicates that this is an isolated incident. Those involved have been identified and will face consequences as outlined in our Student Code of Conduct. Information is preliminary and subject to change.

The safety of both students and staff is our top priority in Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. All SCCPSS students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, Rule 11 - Weapons. School is no place for weapons or any item that resembles a weapon. Anyone who brings a weapon to school will face disciplinary action and the legal consequences associated with the violation of Georgia state law.

Students are always encouraged to report any suspicious activity to SCCPSS staff or Campus Police. We ask parents to remind their children that if he/she sees anything out of the ordinary to report it to an adult. Remember, if you see something suspicious, say something!

The matter remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time.”