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Weapon found at school will result in routine safety review

posted May 13, 2019, 2:37 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 15, 2019, 3:39 AM ]
On Monday morning, May 13, 2019, a parent reported to Madison Middle School staff that a gun was missing at home. The student in question was promptly located, secured, and searched by Madison staff, who then retraced the student's movements for a search which located a weapon in a restroom. The student was placed in police custody.

Police reported that the student had not made any threats and indicated no intention to harm anyone, but had made a very poor choice in thinking that it would be "cool" to bring a stolen handgun to school.

The district appreciates the help from parents, its own staff, and the Bartlesville Police Department. Existing district safety protocols were followed by Madison staff, who quickly and effectively managed the situation to keep all students and staff members safe.

It is routine after such incidents for Kerry Ickleberry, the district's Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator, to review the district's safety protocols and resources. She consults with the Bartlesville Police Department and other entities to determine if any additional resources or training are recommended to further boost school safety. 

The focus is to examine best practices with an eye toward effective measures that are not easily circumvented and do not detract from what has yet again proven to be the district's best defense: a relationship-based culture and daily practices which encourage students and parents to make disclosures about threats or other issues of concern while avoiding creating a culture based on fear.

The district also greatly appreciates the assistance of the armed School Resource Officers from the Bartlesville Police Department who serve daily in the district's schools.
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