KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A parent in the Hickman Mills School District says in August she warned administrators about an 18-year-old student, who now is charged with bringing a loaded handgun and ammunition to school.
Prosecutors say Melvin Counce, 18, tried to get into the Baptiste Educational Center one week ago armed with a loaded handgun and extra ammunition. Thanks to a random security check, he was stopped and now is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and carrying a concealed handgun.
"I was alarmed," one parent reacted. "I couldn't believe it."
The incident shocked one Hickman Mills parent, who doesn't want FOX 4 to show her face or use her name. She claims she reported Counce to administrators back in August for allegedly making a threat involving a gun at Ruskin High School.
"What if this gun would have went off in school last week?" the woman asked. "Or he would have shot everybody, why did he have so much ammunition? You know that's the scary thing. Kids lives could've been lost over what? What are you angry for?"
The school district says it investigated the parent's reported threat and found that Counce did not have a weapon at that time. The district confirms that Counce moved from Ruskin to the alternative education program at Baptiste immediately afterward.
"What if that one threat, he would have went through with it?" the parent wondered. "It would not have been a threat, it would have been Columbine or something like that."
Administrators call Counce a good kid who was scared and made a terrible mistake. This parent is thankful a random security screening may have prevented a tragedy, and says she hasn't felt comfortable since the school district removed metal detectors from its buildings last year.