An expulsion hearing has been recommended for an 18-year-old Letcher County Central High School senior whose gun was found last week in a vehicle parked on school grounds.
Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy and School Resource Officer Bert Slone said he opened an investigation around 1:30 p.m. on March 18 after a concerned parent informed Mike Watts, Letcher District Court’s designated worker for juveniles, that a student may have had a gun on school grounds.
“I spoke with the student, recovered a firearm from that vehicle and the student was charged appropriately,” said Slone. “At this time there was no threat or harm against any student or faculty member.”
Although unlawful possession of a weapon on school property is felony in Kentucky, there is an exception in the Kentucky statute “if the firearm is contained within a vehicle operated by the adult and it is not removed from the vehicle while the vehicle is on school property.”
According to the school district’s code of conduct, a student who brings a firearm onto school property will be suspended from school for 10 days and then the superintendent reports the incident to the school board for expulsion for at least one year. The school principal files a complaint/ off ense report with the court designated worker based on guidelines outlined in KRS 158.155.
“I’d like to give praise to Mike Watts and the school for following policy,” said Slone. “The way that we worked together was what made it continue to keep that school as safe as possible.”
Slone said after the student was in custody and the nine-millimeter handgun was obtained, a letter was sent home to parents notifying them of the situation.
Court documents indicate that during Slone’s investigation, he found that the student, Christopher D. Dixon, of 99 Marble Drive, Cowan, had threatened his father, Christopher C. Dixon, with a metal bar on March 17.
“(Christopher C. Dixon) told him he was going to call police. (Christopher D. Dixon) got a pistol and told (Christopher C. Dixon) to go ahead and call police. ‘I will shoot them and I will shoot you if you want some, too.’”
Christopher D. Dixon was arrested at 6:06 p.m. on March 18 and was charged with third-degree terroristic threatening and menacing, both misdemeanor charges.
Christopher D. Dixon has been under house arrest since being released from the Letcher County Jail on March 20 after a $1,000 surety bond was posted. Under conditions of his release, he is to stay away from his father and to remain away from LCCHS.
A pretrial conference for Christopher D. Dixon is scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 27 in Letcher District Court.
Letcher County Attorney Harold Bolling said he is looking into additional charges that could be filed against Christopher D. Dixon.