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Crosby sixth-grader suspended for bringing pellet gun to school

CROSBY — A sixth-grade male student was suspended Wednesday after school officials learned the student had a small pellet gun in his backpack at Cuyuna Range Elementary School.

Crosby-Ironton School Superintendent Jamie Skjeveland said Thursday that school officials received a tip Wednesday morning from a student that the sixth-grader had a gun. Skjeveland said they do not know why the boy brought the gun to school. Skjeveland said the pellet gun never left the boy’s backpack.

“We responded accordingly and followed our weapon policy to the T.”

The school policy states immediate out-of-school suspension; confiscation of the weapon; immediate notification of police; parent or guardian notification; and a recommendation to the superintendent of dismissal for a period of time not to exceed one year.

Skjeveland said the school did not send out letters to the parents because “there was no one in danger at anytime and there was no threat.”

A father of a fifth-grader, who asked to remain anonymous, said he and other parents are upset that the school district did not send out any letters to the parents notifying them about the boy who brought the gun to school.

“We just got a call today (Thursday) after another parent read it on Facebook that there was a gun at the school,” the father said. “Now a bunch of parents are hearing it through the grapevine.

“Then we were told that the kids were told by the school to be hush, hush about the whole thing. They don’t want anyone to know about it, why? ... We’re all ... upset. We were going to go to the school because their phone system is down because of all the parents calling.”

In a second interview, Skjeveland said that the parents of the students who were involved were notified of the incident.

“If there was a threat we would have followed our school procedure and a lockdown would have occurred and all the parents of the students would have been notified through our alert system ... We don’t want to wind up in a situation where you have a boy who cried wolf. All parents are notified if there in an imminent threat.

“When a child makes a poor decision and there is no threat .. We did not feel that warranted a lockdown.”

Crosby Police Chief Kim Coughlin said the school reported the incident to the police and criminal charges are possible against the sixth-grader. The incident has been forwarded to the Crow Wing County’s Attorney office for review, she said.