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Twin Lakes School Corp. talks safety after a gun was brought to school

Twin Lakes School Corporation Superintendent Michael Galvin said new policies are being considered after a fifth-grader allegedly brought a gun to school on Thursday.

Posted: Oct 15, 2017 4:15 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2017 4:42 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind (WLFI) — Twin Lakes School Corporation Superintendent Michael Galvin said new policies are being considered after a fifth-grader allegedly brought a gun to school on Thursday. 

"This could have been so much worse," said Galvin. 

He is the Superintendent of Twin Lakes School Corporation, but he's also the father of a fifth-grader in the same class as the student who reportedly brought a gun and ammunition to Meadowlawn Elementary Thursday.

"So, as a dad, you know, it becomes a really scary situation as well," said Galvin. 

He said they were lucky a student told a teacher about a classmate's potentially dangerous weapon.

"The teacher immediately secured her classroom and then took that student out and asked him to open up his locker. At that point in time she confiscated the gun, took the student and the gun to the office, and secured the gun in the school safe at that time," said Galvin. 

There were no injuries or threats involved, but Galvin said they were focused on how and why this happened.

"The parent [of the student in question] was unaware that the kid brought the gun but you know it was definitely a situation where this kid was able to get to this gun," said Galvin. "So, we are very concerned about that."

The incident started a gun safety discussion with parents as well as school officials on how to better prepare for these situations.

"Do we go to that next step of having metal detectors or wands as kids come into the schools?" asked Galvin. 

Right now, they're focused on what can be done for the short term.

"The Chief of police actually was on-site as parents rolled in with their kids this morning," said Galvin. "We wanted to make sure our kids and their parents as they were dropping off the kids, felt safe."

Ultimately, Galvin is proud of the way this situation was handled.

"I feel like this ended much better than it could have and I think it was because of the steps that our staff took," said Galvin. 

Galvin was unable to tell News 18 the consequences the student will face.

School policy states bringing a gun is grounds for expulsion.

Police have sent the investigation to the White County Prosecutor for review.

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