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BB Gun found at NCMS

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New emergency procedures implemented by the Clay Community Schools Corp. earlier this year had to be used at North Clay Middle School Thursday.

The school went into a "Code Yellow" lockdown at 10:48 a.m. after a BB gun pistol was found in a book bag of a sixth-grade student.

"We discovered the BB gun pistol," North Clay Principal Jeff Allen said. "It was not a dangerous situation, but it was something that needed our attention."

According to a press release provided by the school corporation, a "locker search of the students involved was conducted with the aid of law enforcement. There were no threats or injuries and students involved were suspended."

Allen would not elaborate on how many students were suspended.

The codes are new this year for the corporation.

Allen said he believed a letter was sent to parents recently by the corporation explaining the new procedures.

According to the North Clay website, during a Code Yellow lockdown, the school is to operate under heightened alert status. Buildings will be locked but students will participate in normal classroom activities.

A Code Red, however, is far different. The NCMS website states that during a Code Red, schools are in "total lockdown mode. Students will not be released from school until the Code Red status is lifted. This may extend beyond the regular school day."

"(A Code Red) is the most serious lockdown we have," Allen said. "We continually evaluate our emergency procedures."

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Small town school, big city problems. This shouldn't be taken lightly, because it was a BB gun...that is one step away from a .22. Congrats to who ever reported this. Finding the BB pistol could have saved someones vision...no pun intended.

-- Posted by ADJ on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 5:26 AM

My 7th Grader was unaware of the "Lock Down". I am disappointed to hear this...how do they convey the message?

-- Posted by ADJ on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 6:38 AM

If you read it say's "buildings are locked but students will participate in normal classroom activities". For me i'm glad my 8th grader didn't know after what happened 2 years ago. I trust Dr. Allen's judgement with this as well as local law enforcement. And yes we are a small town with big city problems.Our local law enforcement is doing what they can to clean it up too. But I see more and more teenagers hanging out at Krogers and into trouble. We need more things for our teenagers to do. Oh and before someone bashes I am the parent of 2 teenagers who are always saying there is nothing to do because I WONT let them go to Krogers and hang out.

-- Posted by PDL on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 7:51 AM

Just the other evening around 10 PM I was taking daughter's friend home from a parent chaperoned gathering at another friend's home and I saw multiple groups of kids hanging out on various street corners in the residential neighborhoods in Brazil. Some of these kids appeared to be as young as ten years old and at least one had an older teen or young "adult" hanging with them. I wondered is this an older brother, mentor, or drug dealer looking to hook new customers? This lack of supervision in turn flows over to problems for the entire community. While the extracurricular school, Y, and church programs for youth try to give alternative choices for kids who don't have parents that invest their time mentoring their children, many of these same kids aren't going to be steered into these existing programs either, no matter how many there are as parents and other advocates are the ones who usually do this unless peers are also involved. Like PDI, I am one who doesn't let my kids hang out but sad fact is that so many do. Maybe if we who realize the importance of chaperoned free time keep our house open to our children's friends we can make a difference to a few of them so they won't turn to the Brazil street culture as many have?? I don't know if this works but some might try. I know that I feel better when a group of kids is hanging out here and hope they feel welcome to do so but at same time realize the house rules will be enforced. What's a little teen mess and noise when it's traded for knowing where your kids are?

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 8:32 AM

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