The Vaquero is not happy about this. Feel good law gone bad, no harm here, move along people.
Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens sounds really bad here though. How exactly would another student have “found it” and “had other plans” with it when the shotgun was UNLOADED and LOCKED IN THE TRUNK OF A CAR.
11/20/2009 11:51 AM
WHS Student Faces Expulsion For Having Gun In Car
Sioux Falls Police were called to Washington High School over the noon-hour after the school’s resource officer discovered a 16-gauge shotgun in the trunk of a student’s car. The 17-year-old student said he had gone pheasant-hunting on opening weekend and forgot he had the gun in his car.
“It’s unfortunate that he forgot he had it with him, but you have to remember the law is there for a reason. It’s there to protect people and he might not of had any intent on using it, but if somebody else found it, they might have some other plans for the weapon” Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said.
The shotgun was not loaded, and there was no ammunition in the car. The student was arrested for having a firearm on school property, which calls for a mandatory 12-month expulsion from school.
Bill Smith with the School Falls School District tells KELOLAND News that there is a provision in the law that allows the superintendent to either extend or shorten that 12-month sentence depending on the circumstances.
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