Dowagiac Middle School student arrested for bringing gun to campus – Leader Publications

Dowagiac Middle School student arrested for bringing gun to campus

Posted 2:48 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2022

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac Middle School student was arrested Monday for bringing a gun to school, according to Dowagiac Union Schools Superintendent Jonathan Whan.

In a newsletter for parents, guardians and community members, around 10 a.m. Monday, the DMS school resource officer received a call from a county deputy advising him to interview a student. of the college regarding a possible security problem due to a search of the student’s room. . This search took place due to concerns expressed by the guard at around 9.45am on Monday. Dr. Sean Wightman, Director of DMS, and the SRO came to the classroom and escorted the student to the office.

In the office, an interview and a search were conducted in the presence of the deputy, the SRO and the director. The student was found in possession of an unloaded small caliber (.22) handgun. No ammunition was found. The student has been arrested and the district will follow its disciplinary policy in working with the student and his family involved.

“This is an example of the positive partnership between law enforcement, the district and our community,” Whan said in the newsletter. “When the community member had a problem, they immediately did the right thing, informed the sheriff’s department and positive action was taken. Then our process and procedures were implemented and the situation was resolved. »

The district has acknowledged that if a student is in possession of a weapon, school policy requires the immediate expulsion of that student. Headteachers encouraged parents to talk with their children about the importance of not joking or bringing to school any type of object that could be seen as a weapon.

“We take safety very seriously,” Whan said. “While students may bring an object to school to impress their friends, there are immediate consequences. It is important that parents and guardians have ongoing conversations with their children so that they know whatever the circumstances, the school should investigate and take appropriate disciplinary action.

School officials stressed the importance for parents to continue to encourage students to speak with a teacher, staff member or parent if they have a problem.

“School safety starts with strong, positive relationships and making sure that if students see something or have a concern, they feel free to speak up to the administration or any staff member,” Whan said.

Since this is an ongoing criminal investigation, if members of the public have questions or additional information, they are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Department.

“We appreciate the support of our community, the Dowagiac Police Department and the Cass Co. Sheriff’s Department in dealing with this difficult situation and getting out of this difficult situation,” Whan said.

Martha K. Merrill