**EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated @ 10:10 a.m. 3/17/16 to clarify notification process**
**EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated @ 10:27 a.m. 3/17/16 to add information regarding the weapon**
A sixth-grade student at Methow Valley Elementary School has been expelled after he brought a gun onto the school campus Wednesday afternoon (March 16), Superintendent Tom Venable said. No one was harmed in the incident.
Venable said that another student noticed the gun and reported it to school staff. The student who had the weapon, a boy, gave up the weapon immediately when confronted and said he had made a mistake, Venable said.
The campus was not locked down or evacuated. A notice to parents of the child’s classmates was sent out Wednesday evening by way of a messaging system, Venable said. Following is the text of that message:
“We had an incident today in which a sixth grader brought a weapon onto our school campus. Students alerted an adult, and swift action was taken to insure the safety of all of us here. At this point it appears that this was a poor decision and not any kind of intent to do harm. This serves as an important reminder that our school policy insists that there are serious consequences for bringing anything that looks or acts like a weapon to school or on the bus. We are proceeding with the steps outlined for us by state law and district policy as regards to this incident. I will be in close contact with our Grade 6 classes about this in the coming days.”
Bob Winters, principal of Methow Valley Elementary School (MVES), sent a similar email to all MVES parents Thursday morning. Winters’ email specifies that the weapon was an Airsoft pellet gun.
Venable said that expulsion is automatic and immediate “when there is any perceived or real threat” to student and staff safety.
Venable said the expulsion can be appealed by the boy’s parents, who can request that the student be allowed back into the school.