Gun Discovered at Wilson High School

In a message sent via email around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wilson High School Principal Kimberly Martin informed the community that a gun was found on the school campus this afternoon. Her message, included in full below, went on to state that the student in possession of the gun had been detained and the gun turned over to the police. Martin reassured those associated with the school that “all students are safe.”

This is not the first time a gun has made its way on campus. As recently as March 2012, a student brought a gun to Wilson High School with the apparent intent to commit suicide, and in 1989, four students were shot and wounded outside of the school. However gun-related incidents, thankfully, remain rare at the District’s largest high school, and according to a 2013 survey by The Beacon, the Wilson High School student newspaper, the majority of students at the school feel safe from gun violence at Wilson.

That said, one gun on campus is one gun too many, and today’s incident is likely to shake the tight-knit Wilson community.

Tenleytown, D.C. will provide updates as more details on this unfolding story become available.

Text of the message from Wilson Principal Kimberly Martin:

Dear members of the Wilson High School Community,

At Wilson High School, we highly value and are committed to fostering a learning environment where students feel safe and secure.  We also want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise.

This is to alert you that at around 1:15 pm a gun was discovered in a student’s bookbag.  The gun has been surrendered to police, and the student is being detained.  At this time there is no immediate threat to the school.  All students are safe.  We will share additional details with you as appropriate.

I want to assure you that the safety of all Wilson High School students is one of our top priorities, and we remain committed to ensuring that your students are safe.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this incident or safety and security at our school, please feel free to contact me. Thank you again for your cooperation and support.


Kimberly Martin

Principal, Wilson High School