UPDATE (5:23 P.M. Wednesday, April 6, 2022): The Hamlin Police Department says a Lincoln County High School student is facing charges after having an unloaded gun and a knife at the school.

Hamlin Police Captain Lee Preece says a student reported that they had seen a gun in another student’s backpack. Preece said he and school administrators began investigating the incident and only had a description of the student, but the student who reported the weapon was not able to give a name.

Preece says they began looking at teachers’ rosters for some of the classrooms in the area of the building where the gun was spotted. He says the second student they questioned was found to have a black powder revolver and a knife.

That student was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds and one count of a minor in possession of a deadly weapon.

Lincoln County High School released a statement earlier today saying gun was not loaded, the firing mechanism was missing from the gun and no ammunition for the weapon was found.


LINCOLN COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – Law enforcement responded to Lincoln County High School this morning after a report that a student had a weapon.

According to Lincoln County High School, administrators were alerted to an unidentified student allegedly in possession of a weapon. Officials contacted law enforcement who identified the student and searched their belongings.

Administrators say authorities found an unloaded gun in the student’s backpack. Authorities who secured the gun say the firing mechanism was missing from the gun and there was no ammunition for the weapon. The student then spoke with police and school administrators and told law enforcement they had no intent to harm themself or others.

No students or staff were harmed and the school remained on its normal schedule.

“Providing a safe environment for all individuals remains a priority for our school,” administrators said in a Facebook post. “This incident demonstrated the importance of immediately reporting concerns relative to school safety to school staff, the administration and/or a school resource officer. We thank those who reported the weapon, the school and law enforcement for their swift response.”

WOWK 13 News is working to learn more about this incident and will update this story as details develop.