Fuquay-Varina Middle School is sending students home early Thursday after a student brought a gun to school that went off in class.
In a message to families, the school said a weapon was found in a classroom. The student discharged the weapon at a window.
No one was injured, and the weapon was confiscated, the school said.
The school was initially placed on a code red lockdown, meaning no one is allowed to enter or leave the campus. Then the school said it will be dismissing early.
School buses will provide transportation home for students who ride by bus, and parents will be able to pick up their students for rides out as usual.
School staff will stay with students at school until arrangements have been made for everyone to get home safely.
Heavy police presence
In an earlier Facebook post around 8:30 a.m , Fuquay-Varina Police Chief Brandon Medina said police had responded to the school regarding reports of a student with a firearm.
Medina said officers are on scene and asked parents to allow police to clear the scene.
Medina said additional information will be disseminated as the situation allows.
This story was originally published December 8, 2022 9:07 AM.