SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Two unloaded guns were found in the possession of a student at Glendale High School Thursday morning. This has been the third report of weapons found on school property in just the past couple of months.
Students say they are sick of their peers bringing weapons to campus while Springfield Public Schools say they have a strict zero-tolerance policy when it comes to weapons and they will enforce that policy in every single case.
Two unloaded guns were found in a Glendale High School student’s car, breaking Springfield Public School’s safety protocols.
“Whether or not the weapon is loaded, having a weapon on the grounds. That is a clear violation of board policy,” says Stephen Hall, Communications Director for Springfield R-12 schools.
Some high school students in Springfield say they feel like it’s a common occurrence now.
“I wasn’t surprised at all. Knowing that there was one at Parkview less than a month earlier, right after we had a walkout for it, it’s not a surprise that guns are getting in the hands of students and then making their way to public campuses,” says Andre Swai, a junior at Parkview.
Swai says students don’t feel as safe at school when they find out weapons are still being brought on school properties. “Anytime I figure out that there’s a gun on campus or there’s a potential for any violence to happen on campus, it frightens me, it really does.”
However, bringing a gun to school won’t result in a slap on the wrist.
Hall confirms bringing any weapons on campus will result in immediate disciplinary action from law enforcement.
“We will seek criminal charges against that individual.”
Hall says another way to keep kids safe in school is to remind everyone: if you see something, say something.
“So I think the good news today is that we saw again. People were comfortable coming forward to share their concerns that allowed us to promptly investigate the situation and determine what the facts were. Good news is that students are safe, staff are safe, there was no specific threat to an individual or to the school, but there was a clear violation of board policy and there’s zero tolerance for that.”
Hall says anyone who comes forward with concerns of a possible weapon will be fully protected with anonymity.