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Toy guns found at S.P. Morton Elementary School

Published 11:50am Thursday, February 28, 2013

FRANKLIN—Two toy guns were reportedly recently discovered at S.P. Morton Elementary School.

Officials with Franklin Public Schools could not be reached this morning and Franklin Police referred questions to Superintendent Dr. Michelle Belle.

A letter to parents obtained by The Tidewater News indicated the first gun was discovered on Feb. 21 by assistant principal Jametha Ruffin after being notified by a teacher that a student had seen a gun in another student’s book bag.

The teacher found the gun in the student’s book bag.

The superintendent’s office and police were contacted.

During the first investigation, S.P. Morton Principal Dr. Debbie Rollins learned a bus driver found a second toy gun. Police and the superintendent were notified.

Taking toy guns to school is a violation of policy, and the parents of the involved students were contacted. Discipline will be taken.

In the letter, Dr. Rollins acknowledges that the communication of the events may not have been as timely as some parents would like, but due to the nature of the events, when they occurred and the ongoing investigation, the information was provided as quickly and accurately as possible.

She also wanted to assure parents that every effort will be taken to maintain a safe instructional environment.

 

 

 

  • 1reader

    1. I love how readers of the TN are so quick to pass judgement on the parents for allowing these kids to bring the guns to school. Yet, as soon as TN publishes an article on ‘failing standards’ and ‘low-achieving’ schools’ it’s the teachers’ fault! HELLO- do you think when it comes to school work the parents are waiting at home with milk and cookies to help with homework and see how their child’s day went?
    I see several of you commenting on how ‘things are different from ‘back in your day’. Well, I’m glad that the public is finally starting to realize this.
    2. If the school had not taken appropriate action you would all be ready to fire the entire cenral office, school board, administrators, teachers, custodial staff and the cafeteria workers. Are you suggesting that students should be allowed to bring toy guns to school? Schools are a place for instruction not distraction. Have you thought about the child who finds their parents’ real gun lying around and thinks, “Hey, my friend brought a gun to school yesterday and it was ok, so today I’ll take daddy’s.”? Oh, but I forgot some of you are still living in the 70s where mom’s were like Mrs. Cleaver and dad’s were more like Mr. Brady…….

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    • SandMan

      Mr. Brady (Robert Reid) was gay. Please choose another example.

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      • Va Native American

        Yep, and Mrs. Cleaver was from the 50′s.

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    • SandMan

      ” Gee Ward, you were mighty rough on the Beaver last night”. 29 Aug, 1959.

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  • employee2

    In olden days when I was growing up, one kid brought in a “practice grenade”. Used it for show & tell. Today it would bring out an evacuation, police, fire & rescue called.

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  • got3ofum

    BREAKING NEWS….2 whiffle balls and a Polly Pocket found on school grounds. Tune in tonight at 11 for details.

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  • handkusp45

    Nobody played “army man”, or “cowboys and indians” or “cops and robbers” more than I did growing up. I had the toy white handled cowboy pistols, the Steve McQueen rifle and most every toy gun available at the time. I started hunting when I was about 10 or 12. And now as an old man I am one of the least violent people you could ever meet. I do have an AR-15, 3 shotguns and 5 pistols. I enjoy shooting them and I feel better being able to defend myself and my family. But I am not a threat to society. If I am a threat to the government, then there is someting wrong with the government. I was taught right from wrong and have taught that to my children and grandchildren. What is wrong with a system that wants to crucify children for playing with a toy gun while glorifying cold blooded murder in the video games that are pushed on them? Plus there are the movies and TV shows that parents use for baby sitting. This country is falling apart and the biggest reason is it has tried to remove God and morals from society. That is the difference.

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    • Va Native American

      I had the same toy white handled cowboy pistols handkusp. And you hit the nail on the head when you said, “This country is falling apart and the biggest reason is it has tried to remove God and morals from society.”

      Without God, our society has no hope.

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    • SIFan

      Private school still offers the teachings of morals,values and responsibility for your actions. I have seen it for myself.

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  • granddiva1220

    This article is a waste of internet space. I am sorry I read it. How ridiculous to print an article about such an inconsequential event.

    Children make mistakes…they are little. The school officials will figure out how to handle the incidents without intervention from The Tidewater News.

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    • workingmom

      Schools are required to report these incidents as small or whateve. Don’t blame the schools States and federals personal have these rules in place.

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  • Makalani

    @Scott– We will always agree 10,000% when it comes to people accepting personal responsibility for their behaviors — including the responsibility of instilling good values in their children.

    Many parents put too much of a burden on the teachers/schools to correct their children’s behaviors!

    RE: “We took our toy guns and holsters to school when we were kids…”

    The era that you speak of — most parents taught their kids values — right from wrong — responsibility and most of all CONSEQUENCES. Most kids knew where the boundaries were and respected them — fearing those parental consequences. Of course — they were some bad kids — just not as many as now! LOL

    In that era — kids could have innocent fun with toy guns! Most would not EVEN dream of getting a parent’s real gun! Today — many kids will grab their parents’ real guns in a “New York Minute!” That’s why school officials probably go into paroxysms of panic over toy guns.

    “There will be more hope for America” when more parents stop trying to be their kids’ friends and step into their parental shoes/roles.

    Thanx for sharing!

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    • Va Native American

      “The era that you speak of — most parents taught their kids values — right from wrong — responsibility and most of all CONSEQUENCES. Most kids knew where the boundaries were and respected them — fearing those parental consequences.”

      Yep, now we are telling our age Mak, but weren’t those some great times? We could all go to school and parents could send their kids to school without fear of a shooting, or bombing, or worse.
      By the way, our points make a much stronger statement when we agree than when we argue. Perhaps Washington should take note. ;)
      Thanks Mak. :)

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  • Makalani

    The “zero tolerance — hang-’em’-high — no exceptions policy” defies logic and is absolutely idiotic. BUT…

    With kids — “it’s not do as I say — not as I do!”
    Parents have to lead by example. Kids are observant — they take notice!

    It’s very doubtful that these kids drove themselves to Sprawl-Mart and purchased the toys guns on their own!

    If the parents are gunnutz who buy their kids toys guns — the kids are probably emulating the parents’ behaviors by showing off their “pieces!” Many parents probably walk around “packing.” Kids are observant — they take notice!

    Parents can’t give kids toys guns and expect them to act responsibly when the parents themselves probably take pride in showing off their “pieces”/arsenals to their gunnut friends! Kids are observant — they take notice!

    It’s too bad the school can’t punish the obtuse parents!

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    • Va Native American

      Good Job! For once, we agree Mak. If this is possible, could there be hope for America? ;)

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  • Va Native American

    Toy guns can’t hurt anyone; REAL guns can’t hurt anyone. We took our toy guns and holsters to school when we were kids so that we could play “cops and robbers” or “cowboys and Indians” during recess and no one ever got killed or even hurt. Here’s the problem: kids are not being taught the difference in “make-believe” and reality nowadays. They are not raised to respect the feelings, rights, and even lives of others nowadays. All of this was taught to us by our parents and grandparents back in the day, but today parents either just don’t care, or don’t take the time to properly raise their children. Babies are having babies and sticking them either in front of the television set, or a video game, or both because they don’t have the “time” to deal with raising their child(and we all know there is more violence on TV and in video games now than there has ever been.) America is in a sad, sad state and it doesn’t appear to be any end in sight. God Bless us all.

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  • DryRain

    I am so glad that I was allowed to be a kid when I was in elementary school, and our teachers as far as I knew, used good judgment and common sense.

    These are children not adults, they cannot be tried as adults, they should not be punished as adults, they should not be treated as adult!

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    • Natalya

      The climate of the U.S. forces action though and I agree that the age should be taken into consideration but expulsion is likely.

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