Batchelor Middle School student arrested after taking loaded gun to school – The Bloomingtonian

A Batchelor Middle School student was taken into custody by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday after bringing a loaded gun to school, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The student, 13, pulled out a Taurus 9mm handgun and showed it to other students on his school bus on Tuesday morning, according to MCSO.

“School administration and school resource officers immediately implemented security procedures and quickly detained the student on his way to school. The student was found in possession of a firearm. The student was detained before entering the school building,” according to MCCSC.

“I want to thank the counseling provider who saw something and said something, and the school resource officers, school administration and police officers who worked quickly to accurately implement and follow protocols for safety,” said director of school safety, Dr. Chris Finley. .

The student faces a one-year expulsion from school as well as penalties for breaking the law.

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain sent the following to The Bloomingtonian after a request for information on Tuesday:

“On this date the MCSO was sent to 900 W. Gordon Pike in reference to a student bringing a loaded firearm to school, the gun was confiscated prior to our arrival by ORS at the scene. Deputies responded to the school and took possession of a loaded Taurus 9mm firearm. The deputy learned that a 13-year-old was on a school bus this morning and removed the gun from his backpack and showed it to others on the bus. A parent was notified who then called the school. Once the bus arrived at the school, ORS located the gun in the minor’s backpack and called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies conducted interviews and recovered the firearm. The minor was transported to Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center (via court order) for the following charge:

IC 35-47-9-2: Possession of a firearm on school property or felony level 6 on a school bus.

The Bloomingtonian received the following information from MCCSC after a request:

To: local media sources
From: Monroe County Community School Corporation Communications
Date: September 13, 2022
Subject: MCCSC Security Protocols Implemented in Response to Anonymous Whistleblower
(Bloomington, IN) The morning of September 13, 2022, Monroe County Community School
Company administration received a tip that a Batchelor High School student on a school bus was in possession of a firearm. School administration and school resource officers immediately implemented security procedures and quickly detained the student who was on his way to school. The student was found in possession of a firearm. The student was detained before entering the school building. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department assisted. The student was arrested and faces a one-year deportation under Indiana state law.
During the review of the incident, school officials determined that the middle school student had completed bus route #141, a route from the student bus stops to Bloomington High School South ( BHSS), where the student was later transferred to school bus route No. 155, a shuttle route from BHSS to Batchelor Middle
School.

Batchelor Middle School remains open Tuesday, September 13, 2022 with heightened security
precautions in place. Batchelor High School Principal Eric Gilpin sent a letter to all Batchelor High School families. Additionally, BHSS and Batchelor Middle School administrators have called the families of students who use bus route #155 and/or bus route #141.
Director of School Safety Dr Chris Finley said: ‘I want to thank the advice provider who saw something and said something, and the school resource officers, school administration and police who worked quickly to implement and accurately follow safety protocols. .”
The incident is still under investigation and no further details can be provided at this time.
We remind all students, families and community members to report any safety concerns. Tips can be submitted through the Tip Line link on our homepage (www.mccsc.edu) or by calling our Safe School Hotline. At (812) 330-2494. Any information or quote provided in this document that is not directly attributed to another person or source should be attributed to Ms. Alexis Harmon, Director of Educational Technology and Communications for the Monroe County Community School Corporation.

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The Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) serves nearly 11,000 students from
diverse populations in 23 schools in Monroe County, Indiana. MCCSC is a leader in STEM and
EARTH programs include a performing arts academy, international baccalaureate schools,
Dual immersion programs, several career paths, a career center, as well as numerous colleges
Credit opportunities to prepare students for college and career. Our commitment, as we educate the leaders of tomorrow, is to engage, empower and educate all students in a world-class environment.
learning environment that allows them to maximize their academic success by becoming productive,
responsible citizens of the world.
Alexis Harmon
Director of Educational Technology and Communications, MCCSC
Work: 812-330-7700 ext. 50141 Mobile: 812-345-6265 Email: [email protected]”

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