LUMBERTON – Robeson County Public Schools have posted gun safety tips on their social media page to promote safety on school campuses.
The reports follow the November 30 shooting at Oxford High School in Detroit, Mich., Which left three people dead and about eight others injured, according to multiple reports.
“In light of the terrible tragedy at Oxford High School in Michigan and the number of guns found this semester on district campuses, Robeson County Public Schools are encouraging our stakeholders to own guns to fire safe and to ensure they have a safe place to store firearms. at home, ”said Gordon Burnette, communications manager for Robeson County Public Schools.
This week across the state, seven guns were found on school campuses, according to a report from WRAL Reporter Keely Arthur. These campuses included North Mecklenburg High School, Cary High School, a high school in Alamance County, and high schools in Charlotte such as West Charlotte High School.
At least five students have been caught with guns on PSRC school campuses since August 30. No injuries were reported in any of these cases.
“The majority of guns that are brought onto school campuses or on school buses originate from the student’s home and by promoting these safe practices we hope there will be a reduction in access to guns. fire by our students until they are properly supervised by a parent or guardian, ”said Burnette.
An 8-year-old second-grader at WH Knuckles Elementary School was suspended on December 2 for 365 days after showing another student a gun while on the playground around 1:30 p.m. The gun contained bullets, but one was not in the chamber, he said.
A woman has been charged after a loaded gun was discovered on October 4 in the bag of a Tanglewood elementary student. An elementary school teacher discovered the gun in the student’s bag at snack time on Monday, according to Burnette.
“The aunt brought the satchel to school for the kindergarten student,” Burnette said.
The woman, whose name has not been released, has been charged with possession of a weapon on school property, according to Burnette.
On September 10, a loaded .380 caliber handgun was found in the schoolbag of a 15-year-old freshman during a random search of the classrooms. The student was accused of having a gun on campus and was suspended for 365 days. The student’s name was withheld due to his age.
A 19-year-old Purnell Swett High student was suspended on September 8 after school administration found a gun in his vehicle. He was also accused of having a gun on campus.
On August 30, a Grade 10 Lumberton High School student was found in possession of cocaine and a loaded handgun on Monday after being seized and the gun “fell out of his pants pocket,” he said. said Burnette. The gun didn’t fire.
“We are confident that the steps we have taken on our campuses will ensure the safety of our students and staff so that we can maintain our commitment to academic success. We ask our parents and guardians to join our efforts to keep district schools safe by properly securing their firearms at home and educating their children about the dangers of mishandling a firearm. ”Said Burnette.
“As safety continues to be our top priority, we strongly encourage our students to report to a school administrator or school resource manager if they witness or hear about anything that could harm themselves or their peers. in danger, ”he said.
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