Education, Gun Control, Michigan — January 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Newly-hired Michigan elementary school guard leaves gun in school restroom



The National Gun Fetishist Association (NRA) wants to put armed security guards in every school in the United States because, as everyone knows, the only effective solution to gun violence is many, many more guns in our schools.

Besides, c’mon. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, in a word, THIS:

The security officer “made a breach in security protocol” and left an unloaded weapon in a restroom “for a few moments,” said Chatfield School Director Matt Young.

Young said the school has been in contact with local authorities about the matter and wouldn’t discuss any possible repercussion for the officer, calling it “a personnel matter.” Young also declined to name the security officer. {…}

Chatfield is a charter school that serves grades K-8 and has been open since 1997, according to the school’s website. {…}

Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh said since nobody was harmed, the incident likely would not constitute a criminal charge.

“If you left a gun unattended and a toddler finds it and shoots and hurts someone, it could be some kind of reckless use of a firearm,” Konschuh said.

Since that did not happen, it’s likely no criminal act was committed, Konschuh added.

“It’s almost like no harm no foul.”

Yup, almost.

The guard was recently hired:

A Lapeer County school has hired a new security guard who they say is prepared for any situation.

Chatfield School Director Matt Young told TV5 his school prides itself on being a safe learning environment for the near-500 students who attend.

“In the process of reviewing security procedures, we felt there were some improvements we could make. Many you can see, some that are unseen,” said Young.

The school installed new cameras and the teachers have received additional lockdown training, to name the not-so-obvious changes. But one obvious change is seen and that’s when you walk in the front door and come face to face with the school’s newest asset.

“It’s probably slim to next to none that someone’s going to be needed in the school, but it’s that slim you have to worry about,” said the school’s security officer Clark Arnold.

Arnold is the school’s recently-hired security officer. He patrols schools front entrance. The only doors open during school hours. He’s also armed.

“It’s a tremendous asset to the safety of our students,” said Young.

I just want to ask everyone to consider the fact that we have over 130,000 public and private K-12 schools in this country. This incident didn’t result in any problems. The gun was unloaded and the mistake quickly discovered. But kids are in school around 180 days out of the year. That means we would potentially have 180 x 130,000+ = over 23 million opportunities for things like this or something much worse to happen every year. Over 23 million days when an officer with a loaded gun would be present in our K-12 schools and where life-threatening mistakes could be made if the NRA gets their way.

But, hey, what could possibly go wrong?

  • Aquagranny911

    Who said the gun was unloaded & how did they verify that there was not still a round in the “pipe?” Just asking….

    What “responsible” adult ever leaves any gun, loaded or not around for a child to pick up? The so called “guard” should be fired! That is all!

  • paul

    So what’s the point of having an unloaded gun? Its like stupid on top of the stupidity of having guns in schools.

  • Nefercat

    And exactly who are these guards? Do they receive the full training and psychological screening that prospective police officers receive? Do they receive ongoing training on a daily basis in firearms and the pitfalls and consequences to using them?

    Because if they are volunteers or rent-a-cops, I do not want them around my loved ones. I do not want Trayvon Martin’s killer, or the moron that shot his child in the chest, or the idiot that shot himself in the foot, or the angerbear that decided that 8 shots to an unarmed teenager was an appropriate response to not liking the teenager’s music, or the idiot that decided that problems with pizza orders were a good reason to pull out a gun, anywhere around my loved ones!

    And these are only the things I read about recently. Owning a gun, or liking guns, doesn’t mean that a person should be around other people’s loved ones with a gun and I sure as hell don’t want them around mine.

    And if this guard was a moonlighting police officer, highly trained in gun use and safety? Well, then this a great example of why guns around schools are a bad idea.

    Gun nuts can keep them around their own home and loved ones which statistics show is the place most likely to cause death or injury anyway.

  • shivabeach

    Oh snap, what if the bad guy comes in the back door? I grew up in Lapeer. It doesnt matter if the gun was unloaded, suppose a kid took it?

  • Anna123

    I agree with Aquagranny911 who said the gun was not loaded and didn’t have a round in the barrel. The guard should be fired!

  • kirke123

    what a sad day for our children and parents. an empty gun, really? if your gun is empty why carry it? no way that gun was empty and that school offical wouldnt tell you if it was. is this guy a cop or a hourly security guard? the only personnel which have trained experience are law enforcement personnel!
    dont believe the administrator!

  • A. Teacher

    . . . they put an armed (sometimes) officer in charge of the front door, because that’w where shooters always enter. Right.

  • SLO Reader

    It was a student bathroom. Why was an adult with a gun in a student bathroom? They have staff bathrooms.

    Why did he put his gun down in the first place? Is it standard practice to remove a gun and leave it out while using the restroom? If so, will this happen every time the armed security guard uses the bathroom?

    Why is the “armed” guard carrying an unloaded gun? How is that going to keep kids safe?

    If it were only for a few moments, they wouldn’t have gone public. Another teacher wouldn’t be in the student bathroom. I think a student found it.

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