Red Jacket principal spoke to student with loaded handgun for hours, says Sheriff Povero

New details have emerged regarding the Friday, April 1 incident at Red Jacket High School where a student brought a loaded handgun to school.

Red Jacket Principal Mark Bracy reportedly spoke to the armed 15-year-old student inside the principal’s office for two and a half hours, according to 13Wham. Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero credits Bracy will averting a tragedy by calming the situation and physically disarming the student.

Related: Sheriff: Student brought loaded handgun, additional magazine to Red Jacket High School on Friday


The 15-year-old is in custody but has yet to be charged. The student is facing two felony charges: criminal possession of a firearm on school grounds and intent to unlawfully use the firearm against another.

Sheriff Povero said the student had a plan, but would not give details, though one charge does reflect those plans. Staff members said the student’s behavior had been concerning up until the incident. There were 12 behavioral incidents with the student and 13 days of out-of-school suspension for him prior to Friday’s incident. The student had to report to the Principal Bracy at the start of each school day, hence why the incident unfolded in the principal’s office.

District Attorney James Ritts said the student’s mental health is part of the investigation. He also said it is unlikely the student will return to school this year.


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