Dewitt students bring handguns to school

Dewitt Elementary School
Dewitt Elementary School

UPDATE – Bus driver arrested, parents cited

The parents of the two small kids have been cited and released. The father, John W Jackson Jr, 50, of Flat Lick was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. The mother, Melissa Jackson, 44, of Flat Lick was cited and released. She is also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. Both kids were placed with grandparents.

The bus driver, Charles R. Honce III of Flat Lick was arrested at Dewitt Elementary at approximately 5:00p.m. by Tpr. Jason Partin. Mr. Honce is charged with Facilitation to unlawfully possess a weapon on school property. Mr. Hence was made aware by a student on the bus that a child had a handgun while on their way to school.  However, Mr.  Honce failed to alert any school staff or stop and check for any weapons.  He is lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.


Click here to read KCPS’s letter to parents.

By Bobbie Poynter


Dewitt Elementary School was put on lockdown early Thursday morning when two brothers, one in Kindergarten and one in first grade, brought handguns with them to school.

School officials said the boys brought two pistols (one loaded and one empty) aboard their school bus concealed in backpacks.

Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said the boys had been showing the guns to other students on the school bus. When they arrive at the school a student informed staff that the boys had the guns. Staff quickly responded by securing the weapons and bringing the boys in for questioning.

Dewitt Principal Marcie Walker called Kentucky State Police, and the school was placed in a soft lockdown state until KSP troopers arrived and began their investigation.

Knox County Social Services was also contacted and is assisting with the investigation.

School officials sent a letter home to parents this afternoon explaining the incident at Dewitt. An automated phone call was also send from the Board to Dewitt parents.

“At this time, KCPS is cooperating with the Kentucky State Police as they conduct their own investigation,” said Knox Schools Public Relation Director, Frank Shelton. “Any action against the students will follow the KSP investigation. The school district will hold the students accountable to school board policy, and appropriate laws governing weapons on school property.”

KSP reports the boys have been charged with possession of a firearm on school property. Other charges may be forthcoming.

KSP Trooper Jason Partin is in charge of the investigation. Trooper Kelly Farris is assisting.