A former Betsy Layne High School student accused of bringing a gun on school property has been charged as an adult.
“Any allegation that involves someone bringing a gun to school grounds is a serious allegation,” Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner said.
Andrew Jacob Prater was 17 years old when he was arrested in March for allegedly bringing a gun onto the school’s property.
Now 18, Prater was indicted by a Floyd County grand jury on Oct. 31 and his arrest warrant was filed in Floyd Circuit Court on Nov. 13.
Prater appeared in Floyd Circuit Court on Nov. 15 for an arraignment on felony charges of unlawful possession of a weapon on school property and first-degree wanton endangerment, misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license and a violation of minors not to possess or purchase alcohol.
Former Floyd County Schools Interim Superintendent Steve Trimble reported in March that Prater, whose name was not released until recently, had stopped attending BLHS several months before he allegedly brought a gun there.
An adult told authorities that Prater had a gun and was going to go to the school, but officials reported at the time that no threats were made and officials received no information that Prater was coming to the school for any purpose. Prater arrived at the school after the dismissal bell had rung, officials reported in March.
Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said the department confiscated a handgun, ammunition, scales, drug paraphernalia and a “large amount of cash” from the vehicle.
Prater, represented by Athanasia Lewis in court, entered a not guilty plea in the case on Nov. 15, and Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris scheduled a pretrial conference for January.
Harris ordered Prater to stay 1,000 feet away from a local resident and not to possess any type of weapon, including any gun or knife.
Harris also scheduled a bond hearing to be held on Dec. 3 for Prater. He is currently being held on a $10,000 cash bond.