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Another Spokane Middle School Student Brings A Gun To School

SPOKANE, Wash. - Officials with the Spokane Public Schools have confirmed that for the second time in less than a week, a Spokane Middle School student has taken a gun to school, this time at Salk Elementary.

Spokane Public Schools spokeswoman Terren Roloff said that a rumor made it to a teacher that a seventh grade boy had a plastic pellet gun. The teacher alerted the administration and the student was escorted to the office. It was discovered that he was in possession of a plastic pellet gun. Police were not involved and the student has been emergency expelled.

Last week a 9mm was found in the backpack of a Garry Middle School student and he is facing a charge of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Salk Middle School will be sending home the following letter to parents Monday night:

November 1, 2010

Dear Salk Families:

We wanted you to be aware of an incident that happened today and the way it was handled.

This morning we had a report that a student was in possession of a weapon.   The incident was reported to a teacher by another student.  The teacher alerted the administration and the student was escorted to the office by staff.  It was discovered that a student was in possession of a plastic pistol designed to shoot plastic pellets.  The student has been Emergency Expelled in order for us to do a thorough investigation. 

It is important to note that a student first reported this violation to us.  Students play a major role in ensuring that our schools are safe.  Please encourage your students to do the responsible thing if they see a weapon at school.  Please take this opportunity to talk with your student about the serious consequences of bringing a weapon to school.  It takes all of us – parents, students and staff – working together to keep our schools safe.

We want to reinforce our expectations around these kinds of violations.  Students in possession of weapons of this nature at school are considered to be an exceptional disruption of the school's learning environment.   These weapons closely resemble handguns.  Consequently, violations of this kind are subject to severe consequences. 

If you or your child needs further resources or support in having the conversation about this incident, please feel free to contact our school counselors.

As a reminder, anonymous reports may be made to our safety hotline, 354-SAFE, at any time.Thank you in advance for discussing this with your student.

Please contact me at 354-5600 with any questions. 

Sincerely,

 

Carole Meyer

Principal

Salk Middle School

 

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