UPDATE: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Parents still have questions after an El Dorado High School student was found with a gun on campus. The student has been removed from the school, but some are still uneasy about what happened.
The tragedy that tool place at Sandy Hook Elementary is every parent’s nightmare. And for parents of students at El Dorado High School, that fear was sparked Monday when a student was found with a gun on school campus.
“There's no point in bringing a gun, and I don't think he had any intentions of hurting anyone. He just is one of those who thinks it's really cool," said El Dorado senior Whitney Luck.
No one was injured, and administration was able to recover the weapon without incident.
Parents received notice and were informed that no one was threatened. But some still had more questions, one being why the school did not go on lockdown.
"There was no traveling, but they didn't put it down on like a complete lockdown because the kid was immediately removed and the gun was confiscated. They just didn't want anyone freaking out, which I think was a good idea," Luck said.
Another thing parents were concerned about was the length of time it took to be notified.
The administration has met to assess the school’s response to the incident and say that if there are improvements that can be made to their protocol, they will not hesitate to implement them.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Police are investigating after a student was found with a gun Monday at El Dorado High School.
According to a letter sent to parents no students or staff was ever threatened.
School administrators said the case has been handed over to local authorities. When reached today, the El Dorado police and Butler County Sheriff said they had not been made aware of the incident.
Below is the letter that went home with parents this afternoon:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The safety of our students and staff is our main concern at El Dorado High School. Today, we received a report that a student may have been in possession of a weapon. An investigation was conducted and it was discovered that the student was in possession of a gun. At no time were students or staff threatened. The matter has now been turned over to local authorities.
We want to commend those who reported this. Our students and staff know that when they see or hear about something that threatens others, they are to report it immediately. We appreciate their diligence in this.
The school district said this is now a police investigation and would be making no further comments.