Superintendent: Springfield schools safe, even after gun in backpack


Students in the Springfield City School District are safer at school than anywhere else, the superintendent said Wednesday morning.

Superintendent Bob Hill told the Springfield News-Sun no students were in danger Tuesday when an 8-year-old Simon Kenton student allegedly brought an unloaded gun to school.

“The incident was handled quickly and swiftly,” Hill said. “I’m very proud of the Simon Kenton staff for everything they did and the handling of the situation. No students were harmed. At no time were students unsafe.”

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The gun was found while a teacher prepared a student’s backpack for the student to take home, Hill said, and Springfield police were notified quickly.

Officers responded to the school about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and arrested the student, the police division said.

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The Springfield City Schools remain the safest place for students to be, Hill said.

“Your kids are safer in our building than they are on the streets or even walking to and from school or than they are (at the grocery store),” Hill said. “We have some of the most advanced security features of any of the schools in Clark County. We have spent countless dollars with public support to make these buildings secure and safe.”

Check back on with the Springfield News-Sun later today for more information.

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