Teen arrested for pulling gun during fight at John Marshall High School

Danzall Seward
Danzall Seward

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two students are under arrest after one pulled out a gun during a fight at John Marshall High School Friday morning, according to police.

The students got in a fight inside the school and Danzall Seward, 18, pulled out a gun, according to police. There were no shots fired and no one was injured. Seward does not attend John Marshall, but takes the bus from the school to Richmond's Performance Learning Center.

Police say Seward ran from the school, but was tracked down by Richmond Police officers and Richmond Public Schools security three blocks away from the school. The gun was found in a nearby dumpster.

Seward has been charged with possession of a weapon on school property and possession of a stolen weapon, which are both felonies. He also faces three misdemeanors: possession of a concealed weapon, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

A 16-year-old male student has also been charged with two misdemeanors: simple assault and disorderly conduct.

The school was put on lock down, but lifted the code red before 9:00 a.m. Parents were allowed to pick up their children, and many asked how a weapon could have gotten past a metal detector at the front door.

"I felt scared, very terrified," said John Marshall High School parent Rosalie Sims. "Parental overdrive is what I felt this morning."

Richmond Public Schools could not immediately answer how the weapon slipped passed school security. One JMHS student said he was not surprised.

"Sometimes they don't check book bags and stuff," said student Daquan Sims. "Sometimes we don't go through the metal detectors. Sometimes they just let you go through."

Extra Richmond Police patrols are in the area and officers say they are working with school officials on any on-going security concerns.

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