Officials Investigate After Student Brings Gun To School

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police are investigating after students at ROCORI Middle School reported seeing another student with a gun.

The incident occurred around 9 a.m. Tuesday. According to a press release, the principal was able to identify the student in question and searched his locker. A weapon was found and ammunition, which was secured.

The student was also isolated and detained. The principal called other school and law enforcement officials and the incident was turned over to police.

One student, Caleb Conrad, said the gun was actually pulled on him. He said he used to be friends with the student.

“I accidentally bumped into him and then he pulled the gun out of his backpack and said, ‘You wanna do that again?’ and he had this really weird look on his face like he wanted to hurt me,” he said. “I’ve never seen him act like this, ever.”

The school says the risk to others was brief and ended quickly and the student is no longer a threat to anyone in the middle school building.

Still, many students said the situation was “scary.”

Under Minnesota law, any student who brings a weapon to school must be expelled for at least a year. The superintendent said that will certainly come into play in this situation.

Scott Staska, ROCORI superintendent, credits the principal’s quick action for the safe outcome.

Outside the high school sits the memorial to the victims of the 2003 school shooting, where two students died. Many people admit Tuesday’s situation is a painful reminder of what happened then.

“There’s no question in our district, that’s a part of our history. It’s a part of the reaction to anybody who has been a part of this history,” Staska said.

The situation is under investigation. At this point, officials aren’t releasing what kind of gun was found or the motive of the student to bring the weapon to school.

A telephone message was delivered to parents explaining what happened.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

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  • ThothTheBuilder

    What should we as parents expect from our kid’s peers? For a lot of these kids their concept of fantasy and reality is so twisted, the eagerness and willingness to carry weapons of death should come as no surprise. Kids are given violent video games before even being able to appreciate life and the beauty of it. The concept that a life will be snuffed out forever and families will spend the rest of their lives suffering such a loss is hardly ever taught.
    Talk to your kids with sincerity about life and death. Give them a better understanding that LIFE is not a Game, Reality Show or a movie.
    Praises due to the staff for catching this kid before someone was hurt or killed, another catastrophe avoided thanks to social awareness, the world is a better place then we think.

  • artist

    What is a kid that young doing with any kind of gun? And what was the reason for bringing it to school?

  • Dave

    The sickest, most twisted generation in US history.

    • Megan

      This is a huge generalization, and besides, who do you think creates, distributes, and purchases these video games, movies, etc. that glamorize violence? It’s definitely not a bunch of 10 year olds. It’s previous generations that determine what the next generation has access to, so take some responsibility instead of making ignorant accusations about an entire generation on the basis of one kid stashing a gun in his locker.

    • Sam

      Lets not forget who raised this “twisted generation” before we point fingers.

      • tom

        the liberals did

  • L

    The watered down version from administration. The kid actually pointed the gun at another kids chest. Gun was loaded, several bullets in the backpack and 2 loaded magazines. NO 911 CALL, NO LOCK DOWN. What did Rocori learn from the first devastating event!

    • Courtney

      Where did you get this information from? If you’re going to post such claims, referencing your source is necessary and appreciated.

  • Scott

    Way to make us ROCORI alumni down in the cities proud!! (sarcasm)

  • Wearing Kevlar

    According to Pawlemty, this would probably be the fault of the overpaid, overbenefitted union thugs that work in our state’s classrooms.

    • tom

      works for me

    • me

      And according to Mark Dayton this is the fault of the evil Christian Republicans who didn’t allow this kid to express himself through interpretive dance and finger painting thus preventing him from feeling good about himself.this

  • Keeping it real in Minnesota

    Looks like Recori NEEDS to install metal detectors at the doors, it seems that nothing was learned from the past Tragedy…

  • Think about things first

    I went to ROCORI and was there that day in the high school when Aaron and Seth were shot and killed. My little sister goes to the middle school and I am very happy that she did not have to go through what those of us in the high school in 2003 went through. There was Code Red because the boy never pointed the weaponed at anyone. Another kid saw the gun when he was putting it into his locker and went to the office right away. The gun was in the hands of the appropriate people when the kid was taken into custudy. I know that many people in the ROCORI district DO NOT want to see our schools with metal detectors. I remember that September day perfectly and I am very impressed and happy to hear that potential tragidy was prevented and that my sister never has to feel the way I did and will never be hunted by the tragic memories.

    • Think about things first

      There was NOT a code red because the boy never pointed the gun and no one was potiental for harm at the time the facility got the gun.

    • L

      Look again NO Code Red. NO Lock Down, NO 911 in this situation maybe in 2003. The child who was on the other side of the gun also gave his account on the news this evening. Loaded gun pointed at his chest! He ran to his teacher who in turn sent other kids down the hall to the office to tell the principal. Through the same halls this child had just been threatened in with a loaded gun. Something is definitely wrong with this picture. Yes the gun was found in the locker however the boy had already been threatened by the other student with it..

  • We are all in this life together

    Are we really surprised our kids act this way when, even on an anonymous news blog, people resort to name-calling, belittling and humiliating rhetoric just because someone disagrees with them? Reading the posts behind the news stories on this website, I can figure out why our kids are so aggressive and don’t think before they act. They are copying the “adults” in their lives…

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