Student with gun arrested outside ACHS

Student with gun arrested outside ACHS
Alexandria City High School (Courtesy photo)

By Cody Mello-Klein |

Alexandria City High School was put on lockdown Wednesday morning after a student with a gun was arrested by Alexandria police officers, according to a message from ACHS Principal Peter Balas.

“We want to inform Alexandria City High School (ACHS) families that we received a call this morning to notify us about a student who possessed a weapon outside of the school building,” Balas wrote. “We immediately contacted the Alexandria Police Department (APD), and APD is on campus and conducting an active investigation.”

According to Balas, the student was not in the building at the time the call was made. APD took the student into custody and confiscated the handgun.

The incident on Wednesday follows the shooting of an ACHS student at the McDonalds in the Bradlee Shopping Center on Sept. 21 and a fight that occurred in the same McDonalds between a juvenile and a man on Tuesday that left the man with minor injuries. Students and parents have expressed concern about what is perceived as an increase in violence in the ACHS community.

APD did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.