Boy, 16, arrested for bringing gun to Dickinson High Brittany Horn, The News Journal
A 16-year-old boy was arrested and jailed Tuesday after bringing a handgun to school and showing other students, state police said.
Administrators then removed the 16-year-old from his class and searched his backpack, where they found a .25-caliber handgun that was not loaded, Hale said
Shortly after, a school resource officer was called and the student was taken into custody in Milltown, he added.
According to this News Journal report, the school administrator took action on his own and then summoned the school’s SRO. Was the administrator informed, the student may have a gun or did have a gun? If so, he should have called for the SRO before confronting the student. Sure the administrator comes across as the hero of the day and might even get his picture taken with Merv and Kenny at the next board meeting. However, is this the procedure? If there is a report of a gun in school the school administrator determines if the SRO should summoned. Find the gun and then call? I am not sure where the SRO was located or even if he was in the building. However, what would of happened if that student pulled the gun out when confronted by the administrator ?
Ammunition for the gun was not found and the high school was not placed in lockdown status.
And in comes Publius to most likely to say, relax Kilroy, don’t get worked up, the gun wasn’t loaded!
On Thursday, officers responded to the same high school after two teens pulled a gun on another student after hours on campus. The two have since been released after posting bail, and face numerous charges.
I wonder, the student who brought the gun to school had anything to do with this incident or was possibly in danger? If it was after and assuming the school was closed, what was the “student” doing there? And if there were after school activities going on, it wouldn’t be after hours.
I feel my concern is valid re: were safety policies followed. One would think, rumor of gun in school would require call police first! HOWEVER, the New Journal didn’t cite any sources and with their recent blunders on reporting on school SROs, they could twist the facts and perhaps the administrators summoned the school SRO as he was going into action. That would make better sense, administrator calls SRO and heads down to the classroom. I think Red Clay owes the public and parent better facts.