Republic Middle School student removed after bringing gun to school

A Republic Middle School student was removed from the middle school campus after he brought a firearm to school on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Josey McPhail, director of communications for the Republic School District, reported the incident to parents, school employees and media outlets after the matter was resolved. In her communication, McPhail reported the student brought the weapon to school and told other students about it. The other students then informed school administration, who processed the situation according to Safe Schools Act.
An investigation took place, the Republic Police Department became involved, and the student was removed from the school. McPhail also stressed there were no threats or indications of violence during the incident. There is no indication as to what was the student’s motivation for bringing the firearm to school.
McPhail also said the district commended the actions of the students who reported the matter.
“Their quick action and dedication to the ‘see something, say something’ train of thought allowed this situation to quickly be mitigated,” she said.
In her communication, McPhail said the information was being shared with parents to give them the power to “to visit with their student as they feel appropriate.” She also said the teachers at Republic High School and Republic Middle School led students on a short discussion on Friday, Nov. 30, in regards of the importance of everyone taking responsibility to keep everyone safe at school.
“The goal will be to help students process the current situation and feel empowered to ‘see something, say something’ should they encounter a similar incident,” she said.
This is the second firearm-related incident to occur in the district in 2018. In February of 2018, a 13-year-old Republic Middle School student was arrested after he allegedly posted on social media that he would shoot up the school with an AK-47. In that case, the boy was taken into custody and placed in the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center in Springfield after another student reported him. There is no indication that the two incidents are related.



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