Principal Andy Downs Issues Safety Update


By Chase Meyer, Webmaster

On Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 11:35 a.m., FHN Principal Andy Downs sent out a community email regarding a safety issue that had been discovered in the morning hours of the school day. No immediate threat was made to an individual, the school or the community itself. The message from Downs can be read below.

Dear Parents:

I am writing to make you aware of a situation that occurred at Francis Howell North (FHN) High School today.  

While on routine patrol of the parking lot, a security guard reported seeing suspicious items in a student’s vehicle. FHN administrators and the School Resource Officer immediately investigated and searched the vehicle, discovering a loaded gun and three knives. Upon questioning the student, administrators learned the student had left the weapons in the vehicle after a recent non-school related activity. At no time was any threat made to student or staff safety.

The safety of our students is a priority at FHN. We have security measures in place to ensure the safety of our students and staff, including patrolling of the student parking lot as was done today. The school district has specific policies and regulations related to the possession of weapons on school property. This student will be disciplined according to the Code of Student Conduct.

As we start the beginning of the semester, I encourage all parents to monitor items that are in student backpacks and vehicles. This proactive approach will ensure only items that are considered appropriate for learning arrive at school. Together we can ensure that our students have a safe and effective learning environment.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 636-851-4900. I always want you to have accurate information. 

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.


Andy Downs