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Schools report weapon violations in September

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Two weapons violations were reported at local schools within the first month.

The first occurred at Jefferson School, which is operated by the Goodhue County Education District, when a Leatherman tool and a knife were found in a backpack.

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The second was reported at Sunnyside Elementary school with similar circumstances.

Red Wing Police Department said that these types of infractions are usually accidental.

Supt. Karsten Anderson said Red Wing School District typically has to deal with a weapon violation once or twice a year.

In the case of a violation report, Anderson said a weapons committee meets to investigate the case in depth and decide on a course of action.

Any student found to be violating the weapons policy is generally suspended until the weapons committee meets, Anderson said.

If there ever is question as to whether there has been a violation of the weapon policy, Anderson said to contact a school official.

One way to curb future instances is for everyone to familiarize themselves with the student handbook, Anderson said. School officials can also help with any questions regarding the policy.

The district’s weapon policy – which can be found at www.rwps.org — states:

“No student or non-student, including adults and visitors, shall possess, use or distribute a weapon when in a school location except as provided in this policy. The school district will act to enforce this policy and to discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, school employee, volunteer, or member of the public who violates this policy.”

The policy defines a weapon as “any object, device or instrument designed as a weapon or through its use is capable of threatening or producing bodily harm or which may be used to inflict self-injury including, but not limited to, any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; airguns; pellet guns; BB guns; all knives; blades; clubs; metal knuckles; numchucks; throwing stars; explosives; fireworks; mace and other propellants; stunguns; ammunition; poisons; chains; arrows; and objects that have been modified to serve as a weapon.”

During his time in Red Wing, Anderson said he doesn’t recall anyone threatening someone with a weapon.

With experience in multiple school districts, Anderson said he feels Red Wing is a very safe district and emphasized that parents shouldn’t be worried about sending their kids to school.

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