Student charged with possessing gun

Shenandoah County sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged a Stonewall Jackson High School student Friday with possession of a firearm at school.

Sheriff’s Department Maj. Scott Proctor said Monday that authorities found a 20-gauge shotgun inside a vehicle belonging to the defendant, Jason Lee Wilson, 18, of Mount Jackson.

Proctor said deputies were dispatched to the school around 2:30 p.m. after an administrator discovered the shotgun in Wilson’s vehicle in the school parking lot. The administrator contacted the school resource officer, who reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.

“Of course, the deputy retrieved (the gun) and after consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, Jason Lee Wilson was charged with possession of a firearm on school property and taken into custody without incident,” Proctor said.

Proctor said Wilson was later released from custody on a $2,500 unsecured bond.

Wilson is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Oct. 21 in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Proctor said he had no information on why Wilson brought the gun to school. Some ammunition was found, but it was unclear from available information whether the gun was loaded.

“There was no indication of threatening behavior or anything like that,” Proctor said, adding that Wilson was not handling the gun at the time of its discovery or when the deputies arrived at the school.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com