Two students arrested for gun possesion
by Courtney Warren
Apr 29, 2014 | 3363 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland School District Superintendent Jackie Thigpen has not divulged what discipline will be after two Margaret Green Junior High School students were arrested on Friday for possession of a gun on school property.

School property is considered a no-tolerance zone.

Many parents expressed their concern for the situation on social media and were upset the school was not put on lockdown, however Thigpen said in this situation it was not warranted.

"A lockdown is only warranted if there is an immediate threat of any kind. We commend the MGJH school student who reported that a student had a weapon on campus.

“The CSD Policy Handbook states that any student in possession of a weapon on school property, whether operable or inoperable, will be immediately suspended and referred to the superintendent for consideration for expulsion.

“Guns will be seized and turned over to the administration; appropriate law enforcement shall be notified,” said Thigpen.

“In this case, the student showed the weapon to two other students. One student reported it to the administrators. The resource officer was called, an investigation took place and the locker was searched.

“The student had hidden the backpack containing the weapon in another student's locker. The gun was retrieved and both students were transported to the CPD. The entire incident took less than 10 minutes. Central office was notified,” she said.”

Alert students and staff are the best precautions. As an additional precaution, each school conducts safety drills to assist in being prepared for unexpected incidents," said Thigpen.

The .38 caliber handgun was not loaded, but according to Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham, “ammunition was nearby.” 

“Upon further investigation, it was found that the guns were more for show and tell. At this time, there is nothing to show that this was retaliatory, with no intention of being violent,” said Bingham.

The incident will most likely be discussed at the next Cleveland School District Board of Trustees meeting at noon on May 8.

The Bolivar Commercial will have more as the story develops.