Millennium School student will be disciplined for bringing a pellet gun to school

Homewood District 153 administrators took immediate action Tuesday morning when it was discovered a fifth grade student brought a pellet gun to Millennium School.

The 11-year-old boy never took it from his backpack. Another student knew of it and notified a Millennium administrator, said Superintendent Dale Mitchell.

According to information Millennium Principal Dave McAtee shared with parents, the district brought Homewood Police Officer Curt Weist into the investigation. Weist, the police department’s DARE officer, was at the school. The pellet gun was immediately confiscated.

“At no time were students or staff in danger,” McAtee said. “Please know that the safety of your children and all of the adults who work in our building is our number one concern.”

The district will follow disciplinary procedures in the Parent Handbook, which include notifying the parents in writing about what line of discipline the district will take with the student.

Mitchell said any decision on discipline will be between the school board and the parents, but added that the age of the student will be a consideration.

“We must remember that we are dealing with an 11-year-old who made a bad choice today,” he added.

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