Friday, January 27, 2023

Police: This high school student brought a loaded gun to Warhill. He’s now facing felony charges

Da’Quan Thomas Ky’Le Williams (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Da’Quan Thomas Ky’Le Williams (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A 19 year-old-student at Warhill High School was arrested Friday for allegedly bringing a gun on school property.

Da’Quan Thomas Ky’Le Williams was booked into the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail charged with felony possession of a firearm on school property and felony second offense carrying a concealed weapon, according to the James City County Police Department.

He is being held without bond. Police were called to the school at 11:40 a.m.

Police said a loaded 9 mm handgun was found in Williams’ gym bag. Six rounds of ammunition were in the magazine. An additional round was located in Williams’ vehicle.

“Another student saw the gun in a gym bag and reported it to administration,” said police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

Authorities said there is currently no threat to students or the school.

“There will be appropriate disciplinary action taken,” said Eileen Cox, spokeswoman for the Williamsburg-James City County School District.

Cox deferred all questions about the incident to police, citing an open investigation.

Here’s the phone message to parents from the principal:

Good afternoon, parents. This is Dr. Carroll, principal of Warhill High School. I am calling you today with an important message about school safety. Early this afternoon, a 19-year-old student was arrested for having a gun on school property. He now faces criminal charges and disciplinary action here at the school. Because staff and a school resource officer handled this matter quickly, most students were not aware of the incident and instruction continued without interruption. As you discuss this with your children tonight, please review with them the role they play in keeping our school safe. Specifically, if they ever see something suspicious, please encourage them to find an administrator or staff member and report their concerns. In short, if they see something, say something. Thank you for your help and understanding, and, as always, thank you for your continued support of Warhill High School.”

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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