MADISON (WKOW) -- Students react after a Madison West student is arrested for carrying a loaded weapon. Madison Police say the student was found outside of the school with a loaded .22-calliber handgun in his pocket.
It's a scary situation, a teenager, carrying a loaded gun. Luckily nobody was hurt but it made for a stressful day as district leaders worked diligently to figure out the best way to notify more than a thousand teachers, parents and students at Madison West.
As school let out Friday afternoon, the buzz around Madison West High School was all about the 15-year-old student arrested for carrying a loaded gun.
"He was hanging out on the streets of school property and he had a little gun on him and he was showing everyone and talking about it and saying he was planning on robbing someone," says Tom, a Madison West senior.
Tom says word spread quickly. A teacher found out and police were immediately called to campus.
Tom says, "I think he got arrested earlier in the day and then by lunch everyone knew about it, everyone knew who it was and everyone knew what happened and then at the end of the day, they made an announcement telling the whole staff and all the students what happened."
District leaders say after an incident like this, communication is their number one priority.
Superintendent Dan Nerad says, "I was contacted by the Assistant Superintendent Pam Nash who had been contacted by the school and we immediately began our problem solving in support of the school and then the entire day there was ongoing, consistent communication, figuring out what we should do, who do we need to communicate to, what form should that take and that's what unfolded this afternoon."
Superintendent Nerad says an email was sent to all Madison West parents explaining the situation. He says, "Anytime that we see a situation that we have concluded deals with significant safety issues and would cause parents to be very concerned about what happened there's a great burden for us to communicate."
It's a situation that luckily ended without incident but one that sent a bang through the Madison West campus.
Tom says, "I was pretty shocked to find there was a kid at west with a gun and especially that he was just planning on robbing someone because that doesn't make me feel safe or anything."
The student was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and for being a juvenile in possession of a firearm. At this point in the investigation, it does not appear the gun was ever inside the school.
The Madison School District says they're reviewing their own facts, but at this stage the incident remains a police investigation.