Weapon brought to school
Gun owner now accused of child abuse
A Delta Middle School student was taken into protective custody after bringing a loaded handgun to school Wednesday, and the gun’s owner was issued a summons on suspicion of child abuse, Delta police said Thursday.
No one was threatened with the weapon. Other students reported the weapon on school grounds, police said.
The gun was retrieved from the middle school student somewhere off campus, though a district spokesman said the loaded gun was on school grounds at one point, according to the Delta County School District.
It’s not clear how two other students found out about the gun, but they eventually retrieved it from the other student and notified authorities.
“We feel like (our students) are the first point of contact in any incident like this,” said Assistant Superintendent Kurt Clay. “(Wednesday) was a prime example of that, because we actually had two students who got this gun to the first adult that they saw. They took care of it.”
That adult was not affiliated with the school, but school officials were then notified and consequently called Delta police, according to Clay.
He said students went home Thursday with a letter from the district explaining the incident and the school’s response.
Delta police said the gun’s owner received a summons for child abuse but would not release that person’s name.
Delta police spokeswoman Jamie Head said the city’s attorney, Mike Schottelkotte, instructed the Police Department not to release the summons to the public because doing so could identify the juvenile.
School district officials acted quickly to alert law enforcement, Head said.
The child with the gun was willing to talk to police and was taken into protective custody, meaning the child was taken to another location, she said.
“It is my understanding immediately upon finding out, they let law enforcement handle it,” Head said of school district officials. “From my understanding they had a very quick reaction.”