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.