Keeven Elementary Students Disciplined for Unloaded Gun in Classroom

One student brought the gun to school, while the other hid in the class.

Two fifth-grade students of Keeven Elementary are facing disciplinary action after one student brought an unloaded gun Thursday. The other student hid the gun in his classroom.

Keeven Elementary Principal Sue Fields wrote in a letter to parents that another student saw the gun and told the teacher, who then notified the school resource officer. According to the letter, “students involved will be disciplined according to our district’s behavior guide.”

Keeven Elementary is located in unincorporated St. Louis County.

According to a KMOX article, Hazelwood School District spokeswoman Diana Gulotta said, “We don’t have any information right now that would indicate that he was going to use it in a threatening manor with anybody.”

In the letter to parents, Fields wrote: “We work very hard to create a culture in which students, staff members, and parents feel comfortable alerting the principal or other school officials when they see or hear anything that causes concern.

“School safety is a priority … It is very important for all of us to keep an open line of communication and share crucial information.”

Mark Behlmann October 06, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Before rumors start to fly, there is a rigid procedure for situations of this nature. There are specific plans in place and are followed. Communications (are one element). The school building (where any infraction occurs), notifies administration where a (all call) (similar to a fire department alarm sounds) that a administrative team goes into immediate action. All school board members are immediately notified. As a investigative team of administrators aggressively respond to the building thay focus on the plan. Correct and accurate information is then disseminated throughout the community. School building staff, teachers and principle as well as central administration need to be commended for their quick work on this day. Instituted plans work and Hazelwood's people followed the plan. Board members will do their duty and follow their procedural plan as well. My heart filled "congratulations" to all staff involved in keeping our children safe. Mark Behlmann
Marie October 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM
I don't believe that the community or the district realizes how lucky they were that no was was shot. What they are leaving out of this article is that the CLIP FOR THE GUN was in the backpack. The media and the public should be raising their voices and be more upset about this incident. I just thank my lucky stars everyday that my kids graduated long ago from the district. marie
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