A Brockton High School student brought a gun to school Friday morning and handed it to a staff member, according to the Massachusetts School District.
No staff or students were threatened, according to a statement from Brockton Public Schools. The high school was locked out for about 90 minutes out of caution while the school was swept away, and the students were eventually fired earlier.
The student, who has not been identified, had approached a member of staff to tell him that he had the gun and dumped it without incident, then was taken out of the school by police, said officials in a press release.
But Mayor Robert Sullivan and Superintendent Michael Thomas said other students heard of the gun and reported it to a teacher, which resulted in the student being escorted to an office . The weapon was found in a bag.
“Of course, it’s disturbing, and nobody wants a gun in their school, especially a school where there are over 5,000 people entering every day, but again, we train for these times and I am proud of the way it was handled, ”says Thomas.
Brockton High School, which has more than 4,300 students, does not have metal detectors, Thomas said. There have been incidents involving weapons in the past, but Thomas noted that it is also important that administrators
“There is a fine line between having a school and … a prison,” he said, after repeatedly pointing out that staff and students train for scenarios like the one that unfolded on Friday. .
The student was arrested, according to school officials.
When asked why investigators believed the student brought the gun to school, Thomas replied that he did not know and that it is still under investigation.
The Brockton police officer who was shot Thursday night has been released from the hospital and his suspected gunman has been identified.
The incident comes less than a day after a fatal shootout and standoff in Brockton left one dead and one officer injured, while the man suspected of shooting the officer committed suicide.
This incident did not play into Thomas’ decision to leave school early, Thomas said. Instead, his experience of past incidents and parents wanting their students to come home was more of a factor.
But he also noted the pressure on students from Brockton and the country as they adjust to a world facing a pandemic in addition to concerns about gun violence.
“Coming back from COVID, they’ve been out of school for almost two years and our kids are dealing with a lot of stuff. And there’s been a lot of conflict, and we’ve put additional adjustment counselors on staff. Teachers and staff are facing a lot of effort to support our students, ”Thomas said.