Student allegedly takes gun to school at RBB Thursday; Police assure parents their children are safe

Update: Ellettsville Police Department Chief Jimmie Durnil told the Bloomingtonian, “Parents can be assured their children are safe, and the police will be conducting extra patrols at the school all week.”

Durnil confirmed that the school administration contacted the police Thursday morning, and police had resolved the incident within 6-7 minutes, and secured the gun. The student, who had possession of a gun while on a school bus was met by police at the school and taken into custody.

Earlier report:

Several parents forwarded an email from RBB Superintendent Dr. Jerry Sanders, which states a junior high school student took a gun to school Thursday. (The Ellettsville Police Department reached out to the Bloomingtonian. See update above.)

This story will be updated when more information is available.

Here is the full text of the e-mail sent by RBB to parents:

“Edgewood Families,

This morning December 8th, 2022 an RBB student reported that they thought a junior high student had a gun in their possession on the way to school. Our School Resource Officers, Administrators, and staff were able to immediately respond to the situation and ensure the safety of all our staff and students. A gun was recovered during a search of the student by our SROs and Administrators. There is no active threat to our students and staff.

We cannot stress enough how important it is for our staff, students, and community to immediately say something if they see something as it results in us having a safer environment for all students and staff. We are thankful that the student who saw something immediately reported it!

The safety of our students and staff is always a priority. We appreciate your partnership in providing a safe environment!

Dr. Sanders”

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