Fremont Elementary School student brings loaded gun to school, no threats
FRREMONT, Nebraska (Nebraska) — Police were called to a Fremont elementary school Thursday over a report that a student brought a gun to school.
Here’s what we know so far from the Fremont Police Department:
At 8:19 a.m., officers responded to Millikan Elementary School regarding a student bringing a firearm to school. The police contacted the school administration and the student. According to the press release, no direct threats were made against students or staff.
The investigation showed that the complaint was well-founded and that the student was in possession of a weapon.
According to the police, there was no constant threat to schoolchildren and the public.
The investigation is ongoing.
Fremont Public Schools released the following statement:
“On Thursday, January 26, 2023, shortly after 8:00 am, a loaded handgun was found in a Milliken Park Elementary School student’s book bag. None of the staff or students were harmed or harmed.
The police were immediately called, responded and took control of the situation. An initial investigation revealed that a fourth-grade student brought the gun into the school to show to others.
“Thanks to the teacher for reporting this incident,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Brad Dahl, who was at the scene shortly after the report was received. “The protocol we have has worked. The staff member noticed something unusual among the few students gathered around and intervened immediately. The Fremont police were called, they responded and launched an investigation.”
The District, in a message to parents, urged them to reinforce the following points with their student:
● Schools are a safe place.
● Teachers and staff help keep students safe.
● “If you see something, say something! If you know something, tell someone!”
The administration and school counselor met with fourth grade students and shared the above information, emphasizing the importance of being safe and willing to share information with adults any time they become aware of a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable.
“We live in a safe community, thanks in large part to the exchange of information that takes place between the school, law enforcement, our students and the community,” said Mark Shepard, principal of the school. We are constantly updating our protocol based on best practices and preparing for events that we hope will never happen – this makes the school and community safer.”
“Fremont Public Schools takes all situations seriously and the safety of students and staff is our top priority,” Dahl concluded.