UPDATE: Guns found outside Carthage High School

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CARTHAGE, Mo. — Carthage police now say two guns found near the high school have no connection to the school or anyone on campus.

Authorities have determined a suspect threw the weapons out of his vehicle as he drove past the south technical center and then immediately left school property. Police have video confirmation of the incident and are also working to see whether the guns may have been stolen outside of Carthage.

The first weapon was discovered by a school staff member Monday night. A police search led to the discovery of a second gun nearby. Authorities canvassed all Carthage schools and determined there was no threat to students, allowing school to go on as usual.


CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage Police Department is investigating two weapons located outside, at the Carthage High School Monday evening.  

It is unknown how long the weapons have been there and the investigation is ongoing. Carthage Police is working diligently with Carthage R9 staff at all of the schools.  

Superintendent Dr. Mark Baker, “I need to address a rumor regarding weapons being found on the high school campus. Two weapons were found southeast of the South Tech Center. We do not know how long the weapons have been there. Carthage Police and Fire Departments searched the area and nothing was found. Additionally, all school properties have been searched. We do not believe there are any safety risks. I will update you if circumstances change. Thank you.”  

It is not believed to be dangerous at the moment at CHS and we will update you if circumstances change.

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