Vienna School Finds Gun

1 decade 2 years 5 months ago Thursday, May 17 2007 May 17, 2007 Thursday, May 17, 2007 9:09:55 PM CDT May 17, 2007 in News

"There was a student who had a hand gun on campus," said Maries R-1 superintendent Rick Spacek.

The student was a thirteen year old. Another student reported the gun to the office at the beginning of the school day.

The report came just minutes into the first period and although the gun wasn't loaded, the sheriff's department said the student had in fact possessed ammunition.

Maries County Sheriff Douglas Dinatale said, "One of my reserve deputies who's also employed there as a bus driver assisted school officials with removing a weapon from a backpack of a young man."

For a community the size of Vienna, the news couldn't hit any closer to home.

It took resident Tina House by surprise. "Very shocking...To come home from work and know that this happened in my own high school," she said.

All agree this one incident doesn't mean there's a lot of crime in the small town."It's the kind of town that you don't have to lock your doors when you go to the grocery store," said House.

Spacek has faith things will go back to normal. "I feel very comfortable in the fact that we'll have school again tomorrow and it will be a safe place again for the kids."

School authorities say people should be aware that an incident like can happen anywhere, even right at home.

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