A Quincy High School student is under emergency expulsion while authorities determine whether the student brought a gun to school grounds.

Quincy police officers were called to the school Oct. 7 afternoon after school officials received a report that the student was in possession of a firearm, Principal Felicie Becker said in a statement.

A visual search of the student’s vehicle “confirmed the presence of what looked like a firearm,” Becker said. Police towed the car and are seeking a search warrant to inspect more closely.

The student was emergency expelled — a process by which authorities may investigate the incident before deciding whether to impose further discipline — and prohibited from entering Quincy School District property.

According to a letter posted by Becker on the school’s website, it was another student who alerted a staff member of QHS to the possible presence of “what looked like a firearm,” in a schoolmate’s possession. The police then escorted the latter student out of class.

Quincy Police Chief Kieth Siebert was not available for comment.

Quincy Superintendent of Schools John Boyd said on Oct. 11 that he is waiting to debrief with the Quincy Police Department before commenting further, given that it’s the QPD’s investigation.

Boyd also noted that on the day of the incident, classes went on as scheduled afterwards. He also said he did not recall a similar incident happening at QHS during his eight years as superintendent.

Quincy Valley Post-Register editor Sebastian Moraga contributed to this article.

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