LAKEVIEW, Mich. (WOOD) — A student brought a gun to a Montcalm County high school and no adults knew about it until after class despite the fact that he showed the gun to several friends, district officials say.
A Tuesday letter to parents from Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin says a student brought a handgun to the high school Friday. School officials didn’t find out about it until after school let out. Police investigated and the student confessed to having the gun at school all day, Hamlin told 24 Hour News 8.
“I was up all night thinking about the ‘what ifs,’” Hamlin told 24 Hour News 8. “It’s just scary because here you are: We’ve got four or five kids who might have known this and didn’t report it. And what if something would have happened?”
The student will be disciplined according to district rules, the letter said, and could also face charges.
Hamlin says the student got the gun out of a gun safe at one of his parents’ homes.
“The presence of a weapon in school understandably brings about fear,” the letter reads in part. “However, it is important to note that we are confident there was no imminent danger or threats for any students in our district (other than the perpetrator).”
But Hamlin went on to say it is concerning that several students were aware someone had a gun and didn’t alert an adult.
“Recent events involving school violence, and the repeated school emergency drills we practice, highlight the importance in reporting all dangerous and suspicious activity to help avoid potential tragedy,” the letter says. “We urge all of our families to support staff in reinforcing the importance of reporting any situation that appears to be dangerous or out of the norm.”
“Lakeview Community schools is a safe place for your student,” the letter concludes, and says that staff is working to maintain “a school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.”