LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – For the first time ever, the ATF has charged a JCPS student with bringing a gun to school.
Jaylin Ready, 18, is facing a federal felony for possession of a firearm in a school zone.
New arrivals are coming after a WAVE News Troubleshooter investigation which reported that the ATF was stepping up its role regarding the record number of firearms brought to JCPS schools.
“School zones are sacred grounds and places where our youth and school workers need to be safe and protected from crime,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Shawn Morrow told WAVE News.
Ready also faces state charges from JCPS security after he said he had a glock in his backpack in Shawnee on January 31, 2022.
There is no parole in the federal system and Ready could go to prison between one and five years if convicted.
Over the past few months, there has been a lot of debate about what to do about the gun issue and about disciplining students who bring a gun face.
So far this school year, 17 firearms have been brought to and found at JCPS schools.
The ATF said it tracks the guns to see where they came from, how a student got hold of them, and whether the gun was used in another crime.
“Law enforcement is committed to ensuring the safety and integrity of our schools across Kentucky,” Morrow said. “It is illegal to carry a firearm on school property. This puts our students and staff at risk and ensures a quick response from law enforcement. ATF will continue to work with our partners across the state to protect our children from gun crime.
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