Records Show Timeline In School Gun Incident

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — Police records show about 40 minutes went by from the time a principal discovered a student had a gun at a Stearns County school until she was able to reach the school’s police officer.

The St. Cloud Times, through a public information request, cites records which show Rocori Middle School Principal Cheryl Schmidt became aware a 13-year-old student had brought a gun to school about 9:20 a.m. on April 12. Schmidt reached Officer David Sutherland at 9:57 a.m. Records show Sutherland arrived at the school at 10:03 a.m.

Superintendent Scott Staska says the boy, the gun and ammunition found in his locker were in the principal’s office while efforts were made to contact Sutherland. Staska says neither Schmidt nor anyone from Rocori called 911 or the police department directly when attempts to reach the school officer failed.

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  • Sam I am

    And yet they railroaded the school officer. This idiot principal was clearly at wrong and should be fired.

  • olaf

    Agree with Sam I am–the principal should have called the police department after she was unable to reach the school officer

  • tuna-free dolphin

    I think if a child comes to school with a gun, his or her birthday should be taken away. Or at the very least all the kids should be able to have their own guns. That seems like the fairest solution to me. Or like the previous commentors said, I’d support firing at the principal, say from about 20 or 30 feet. That’s just my learned opinion.

    • Paul


  • Albacore Fan

    It’s people like you that make people like me glad there are people like you.

    • tuna-free dolphin

      Don’t encourage me. I have a smart mouth and I’m not afraid to use it. But thanks for not calling the authorites on me. I have to go, the nurses are coming.

  • yep

    Takes 10 seconds to dial 911 which should have been done.

  • markH

    Hello Jesus!

  • Michael Clark

    Why was there such a wait before 911 was called? Can anyone answer that question?

  • Richard in Minneapolis

    911 is for situations of immediate danger. Here the principal had the student disarmed, had secured the weapon, and the had the situation under control.

    Why the panic? Praise to those who can keep their heads while all about them are losing theirs.

    Give the principal a medal for showing poise under stress and not overreacting.

    • Mr. Mark

      anytime there is a gun in a school the principal should err on the side of caution and call the police

      • Dale Gribble

        yes, because children love to hear the siren screaming and lights flashing????
        911 is for EMERGENCIES, there are numbers to the police for NONemergencies.
        It seems to me the question here should be where the heck was the school cop???? Is he not required to be there when students are there?
        And a gun in school is not the same thing as a child holding a gun on students and teachers, or threatening himself or others
        that principal did the right thing, but they might want a new school safety officer…like one who shows up on time and what-not.

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