Fifth grader brings toy gun to school

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by KMOV Web Producer

KMOV.com

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM

 

MASCOUTAH, Il. (KMOV) – Some parents in the Mascoutah School District are concerned after a student brought was appeared to be a BB gun to school last week.

The parents claim the district is still concealing information after it waited too long to tell them about the incident at Scott Elementary School at Scott Air Force Base.

The district says it took several days to brief parents about the elementary student and the gun because a student was absent with an illness.

The parents who spoke to News 4 say that Superintendent Dr. Sam McGowan and Principal Terry Simmons will not listen to their concerns. 

The parents claim they are ignored because military families are transient and only stationed there for a year or two.

The leadership at Scott Air Force Base also stated it takes the concerns of the families seriously and plan to advocate for them with local educators.

 

Dr. Sam H. McGowen, the superintendent of school, issued this statement:

"A toy plastic gun brought to school by a student on Tuesday, Jan. 31 resulted in a notification being made to parents at the school on Feb. 6.  After the matter was investigated and reviewed, the student was disciplined in accordance with the student handbook.Some have questioned the presence of deputy sheriffs at the school on Friday, Feb. 3. The police were there as a precaution at my request, not in an investigative role as school officials met with students and parents involved to resolve the issue. Those who intimate a cover-up or trying to hide something are mistaken.  Bringing together witnesses, the student and parents involved in the original incident took several days because of a student illness.  We resolved the issue in a satisfactory manner on Friday. Investigation shows no students were at risk or threatened at any time and normal security procedures remain in effect at the school."

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