Archive for Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Students questioned about gun threats

November 7, 2007

On Oct. 26, two Tonganoxie Middle School eighth-graders were questioned by police after making threatening remarks about bringing guns to school during class.

"They weren't talking directly to the teacher, but loud enough she could hear them," TMS Assistant Principal Mark Altman said. "What I really think this situation was, was a couple of kids getting a rise out of their teacher. Like I said they both realized it's not something you joke around about. It has to be taken seriously."

Altman said the incident fell under a class II offense under the Tonganoxie USD 464 Code of Conduct handbook.

Consequences of a class II offense range from in-school conference with the student all the way to expulsion.

Altman did not want to comment specifically on what punishment the two youths received.

"I think we felt like we dealt with it appropriately here in school and we turned it over to the police department," Altman said. "I don't think they realized the ramification of their actions."

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