Officials: Gun Found In Car At WUHS-MS

May 7, 2013

in News,Woodstock

A hunting rifle and ammunition were found in a Woodstock Union High School student’s vehicle at the WUHS-MS campus Tuesday.

There was no threats made or no intent to harm anyone, according to school and Woodstock Police Department officials. A teacher notified police after they overheard the student talking about accidentally leaving his gun in his car after a “woodchuck roundup tournament” over the weekend, according to Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish. Principal Greg Schillinger notified parents and students about the event through a post on the school’s website.

Officer Joe Swanson is investigating the incident. Blish said it’s likely the student made “an honest mistake.”

The student may face expulsion, according to the school’s weapons prohibition policy. It’s a violation of state law for a student to bring a weapon on school grounds, even if the weapon is in his or her vehicle.

An expulsion hearing is held at the discretion of the superintendent. The policy allows the expulsion to be modified: if the student wasn’t aware the gun was in their vehicle, if the student did not intend to use the weapon to threaten or endanger others, or the student does not present an ongoing threat to others.

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Lisa Putnam May 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm

I know first hand how unfair the woodstock high school is. My child was threatened with a knofe by another student, and the student that did the threatening only got a 2 day suspension. How unfair is that. I never even got a phone call from the high school to let me know that my child had been threatened with a deadly weapon. After 3 phone calls to the principal i finally was able to speak to hom, and his excuse for not calling to inform me of what had happened was ” he was to busy trying to figure out the consequenses that he didnt have time to call me” . It took so long to figure the punishment, and the kid only got a 2 day suspension. And according to the police the school should have reported it the police and it never was. What is wrong with this school. They pick and choose who gets punished and who doesn’t. How fair is that.

Anonymous May 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

As a current member of the school I can attest to the strict consequences for drug use and abuse as well as any and all types of bullying. If the school knows then something is done about it. It’s too bad that a lot of this stuff never gets to the ears of any school members and frankly many kids get away with multiple other types offenses that do warrant a response like this. Maybe now that they have seen what happens to people who act like this maybe other students will either be more careful and be less public about their vices or might avoid inappropriate actions on school property to begin with.

Kayla Brianne Titus May 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Students being punished for mistakes is sickening. What is the schools drug policy? Id like to know because they sweep drug related incidents under the rug, they dont have very strict procedures when students are physically threatened, but if a student leaves something in his car, the town goes wild. It disturbs me honestly, because the WUHS has an extremely unfair way of punishment. As a former student of the school, I personally experienced the discrimination of the school first hand. I’m speechless at how this is being handled, after personally seeing drug possession and drug distribution go unreported and treated like nothing in this school. When a school cares more about its reputation, than their students, something needs to be done.

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