The report of a student bringing a loaded handgun to Delta Middle School stunned parents last week.
The incident occurred on March 13, and illustrated the importance of encouraging kids to contact someone in authority if they encounter situations they believe to be potentially dangerous.
"Students are our best advocates," said assistant superintendent Kurt Clay last week. He explained the handgun was discovered by two students, one in high school and one in middle school. They took the handgun to their house and turned it over to an adult. When school administrators learned of the incident they immediately called 911.
Officers from the Delta Police Department retrieved the loaded handgun from that house and placed the unidentified juvenile student in protective custody. Chief Robert Thomas said the juvenile was cooperative. At no time did the student threaten or injure anyone with the weapon, and DMS students and staff were never at risk. Clay said he has not yet learned why the student brought the gun to school.
The Delta Police Department issued a child abuse summons to the handgun owner. Clay said disciplinary action was taken against the student. Both Clay and Thomas declined to provide any more details.
A letter was distributed to DMS parents in which Clay said, "Even though there were no threats, we are pleased to tell you that our staff and students acted immediately and implemented our procedures to keep everyone safe. We believe our students are our best resource and in this case it proves true. Our students initially recovered the firearm, gave it to an adult and notified the administration about what had occurred. Please help us by talking to your student about who to talk to and what to do if they are ever presented with this type of situation. It is extremely important that this type of information be reported to the proper authorities to ensure everyone's safety."
Delta Police Chief Robert Thomas pleads with the community, specifically handgun owners, to be responsible by securing their weapons in a gun safe or gun box, or securing their weapons with a gun cable or safety trigger lock. "A tragic event or loss of life involving guns can be avoided if we work together as a community to make gun safety a priority in our homes," Chief Thomas said.
The Delta Police Department has gun safety locks available for City of Delta residents. The locks are available during regular business hours.blog comments powered by Disqus