• Witnesses in the parking lot saw Jerome Weekes, 41, inside his car with a handgun
  • Father-daughter duo searched the classrooms and corridors for a specific student
  • He walked the hallways with what appeared to be a handgun in his sweatshirt pocket

A Massachusetts father was accused of bringing a firearm to his daughter’s high school and looking for a student she was having trouble with. The man, who was later identified and arrested Friday, was accompanied by his daughter as he allegedly walked around the school campus armed with a weapon.

41-year-old Jerome Weekes visited the Doherty Memorial High on Wednesday, Dec. 15. He was seen in the parking lot outside the school building, and witnesses told the police they spotted him with a handgun inside his vehicle, according to WCVB Channel 5.

Worcester police believe the man from Canton was carrying the weapon when he entered the school.

Shortly after Weekes arrived at the campus, he met with his daughter and walked around the high school with her at about 1:50 p.m. School was dismissed by that time, and the father-daughter duo made their way to one particular classroom whilst looking around. They also searched the hallways and corridors before leaving the school a short while later, the police said, as reported by NBC10 Boston.

The day after the incident, cops arrived at the school Thursday to conduct a probe on the matter. They spoke to witnesses, who claimed they saw Weekes with the gun in his car in the parking lot. The cops also revealed that while he was walking through the school’s corridors, Weekes was seen with an object that appeared to be a gun, inside the front pocket of his sweatshirt.

Cops further revealed that the father and daughter were on some kind of search and may have been looking for another student that the daughter was having issues with. “The pair walked to a specific classroom and looked around. They then proceeded to search hallways and corridors. After a short period of time, both then exited the building without incident,” the police said, as quoted by 7NEWS.

As the investigation continued, officers developed probable cause to seek an arrest warrant for Weekes. Worcester police officers got in touch with the Canton Police Department, and Weekes was located and taken into custody Friday night.

Worcester police said the 41-year-old was charged with carrying a firearm on a campus.

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