Police say a Henderson County high school student is facing charges after bringing a loaded gun to school.
Henderson police spokeswoman Jennifer Richmond told The Gleaner newspaper that the 17 year old Central Academy student faces a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon on school property and faces five years in prison. The unidentified student is being held at the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Bowling Green.
Richmond said a school resource officer went to remove two students from a classroom on "court-ordered pickup orders" and found the 22 caliber pistol during a routine search. She said the gun contained two rounds of ammunition. Richmond said it was unclear why the student brought the gun to school.
Nearly eight months after a western Kentucky guidance counselor and coach was killed, her husband is now formally charged with murder. A Henderson County grand jury last week indicted 36-year-old Steven Cotter on a charge of wanton murder.
Michelle Cotter was fatally shot in her home on May 15th 2012, the last day of the school year in Henderson county where she was a dance instructor. The 38-year-old Cotter was also the guidance counselor at College View Middle School in Daviess County.
According to police, the morning of her death, Michelle's husband, Steven Cotter, called 911. When officers arrived, they found Michelle with a gunshot wound to the chest and her husband in the home with a firearm.
On Monday, approximately 1,000 students at Henderson County High School will hear about the consequences of prescription drug abuse. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Van Ingram, Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, will speak to students.
Ingram told WKU Public Radio that an alarming number of teens have been experimenting with prescription medications in the state and region. He says that experimentation is especially dangerous because many young people are taking medications that may interact with other pills they have taken. State officials in Kentucky say autopsy results from those dying from prescription overdose frequently find that a "cocktail" mixture of pills.