Student Brings Gun to Class

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

September 20, 2006

Students at witnessed first hand Tuesday just how serious the school takes it's no weapons policy.

One grade school student brought an air-rifle BB gun to school and began showing it to classmates. Administration quickly took action.

"All of the parents were notified via a letter that went home with the children yesterday and at this point the sheriffs office was notified," Kim Powell with Greene County School Administration said.

The gun was not loaded and the student didn't have any ammunition. However, because of the zero tolerance policy the school has when it comes to weapons on campus, the gun was taken and the student removed from school.

"We do have a zero tolerance policy for weapons of any kind and unfortunately it seems that there was a bad decision or a bad choice made, but the policy is being followed," Powell continued.

According to that policy, the student will face a year expelled from school and further investigation will determine if the child will receive any further disciplinary action.

"The school handles it on their part and then if there's any criminal investigation or anything like that, then the sheriffs office would intervene," said Lt. Robert Beverage from Greene County Sheriff's Department.

Because of the strict protocol the school follows when it comes to weapons, classes resumed Wednesday as normal.

"The kids are safe, you know the incident yesterday was an isolated incident it was a BB gun, pellet gun, it was not a real firearm," Lt. Beverage continued.

It will be left up to the Commonwealth's Attorney to decide if any criminal charges will be pressed, which could lead to the student being placed in some type of juvenile detention

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