Friday, November 20, 2009

Student arrested for having a gun in car trunk

A Sioux Falls, Washington High School student was arrested after a shotgun was discovered in the trunk of his car. WHS Student Faces Expulsion For Having Gun In Car
A Sioux Falls student has been arrested and suspended from school for having a firearm on school property.

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.
How did this "resource officer" discover the shotgun? With these?

I'd like to know who is the victim here? With no victim there is no crime. This kid could lose his gun rights for the rest of his life depending on how he's charged and for what? For the crime of "absentmindedness"?

"The law is there for a reason". That's right officer Clemens. Stupid reasons.


Frederick H Watkins said...

"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 so that normal, healthy young people who like to hunt can be transformed into bitter right wing extremists who will never forget the injustice they suffered at the hands of hoplophobic fools.

strandediniowa said...

For all the schools that have anti-bullying policies (another gov mandate) they seem to be exempting the bullying and intimidation by those in charge.

Bitter, yeah. But the idiots that enforce "zero tolerance" are the extremists.