LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The school administration at a northwest Las Vegas valley elementary school confiscated a gun from a student on Thursday.

The Clark County School District confirmed the incident occurred at Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School near Sahara and Durango.

The school’s principal Lea Chua sent a letter to parents stating that the incident had occurred and that the school administration had confiscated a firearm from a student.

She went on to state that the incident was “immediately reported to CCSD Police for investigation and handled the situation.”

No other information was released regarding the student involved.

The letter from the school’s principal is provided below.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This is Herbert A. Derfelt Principal Lea Chua.

In an effort to keep you informed of matters happening within our community, I want to make you aware of an incident that occurred today on campus.

School administration confiscated a firearm from a student. The incident was immediately reported to CCSD Police for investigation and handled the situation.

Due to privacy laws, we are unable to discuss individual student matters, however, this event serves as a reminder that weapons of any kind are not permitted on campus. As it has been communicated multiple times, the Clark County School District is actively pursuing any and all legal actions against students who engage in violence and violate the CCSD Student Code of Conduct.

Please take this opportunity to discuss school safety with your child. If they ever face a situation where they are unsure whether or not to share information with an adult, please remind them to never hesitate reporting anything that may be a safety issue.

Students and parents can also make reports through the SafeVoice reporting system by calling 1-833-216-SAFE (7233), through the website at or through the free downloadable phone app.

Please know that this is a police matter, so we are unable to discuss specifics. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please feel free to call us at 702-799-4370.

Lea Chua, Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School Principal

Derfelt Elementary School is located at 1900 South Lisa Lane in Las Vegas.