ROCORI Resource Officer On Leave After Gun Incident

COLD SPRING, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — The district resource officer assigned to ROCORI Public Schools has been placed on administrative leave, days after a student brought a loaded gun to school.

Officer Dave Sutherland was placed on leave last Friday.

The superintendent Scott Staska said the city of St. Cloud has assigned other officers to work as the resource officer for the time being.

Staska said he could not confirm if this move was related to the gun incident, but said a complaint about the officer was made to the city.

Staska said he could not say who made the complaint.

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  • TW

    Sounds like the resource officer did what was reasonable and prudent but missed a key step. I hope they are able to give some credit that this worked out and the gun was collected before being used. The staff who carry the most frontline responsibility go down the hardest sometimes when they get off of the established plan.

    • BB

      The officer is being “investigated” because he told the school administration his opinion. The school should have been put on lock down. The only real reason this officer is being investigated is purely political. The superintendent is trying to cover his butt because he made a huge policy mistake himself. A different local school was put on lock down today because of a threat on Facebook. ROCORI had a person bring a loaded weapon into the school and point it at another student with no lock down. I have a serious problem with that and I am glad the officer in charge at the school shares my concerns.

      • TW

        If that is how it is I hope the officer is listened to and not made a scapegoat. Few facts were released but the one that no lockdown was done. If that was not his call then someone in the nice office is going to be tweaking their resume’.

  • Loosends

    BB has it exactly right!! The officer is being used as a scapegoat. The policy is published and was not followed. He voiced his concern to the principal and suspended with pay 3 days later. Staska and principal Schmidt have been covering this up since the day it happened. Check out Staskas 1st press release he tried to pass it off as just a gun in a locker. Why is that… maybe because the policy was not followed.

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