‘Cooperative’ Student Placed in Protective Custody; Child Abuse Summons Issued
DELTA – Police officials in Delta are urging residents to better secure their firearms following an incident last week in which a middle school student brought a loaded handgun to school.
Police said Delta Middle School students "were not threatened with the handgun nor were any students injured, or at risk."
On Wednesday, March 13, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Delta police officers responded to the Delta Middle School after a loaded handgun was reportedly brought to school. Responding officers retrieved the loaded handgun at a location off of school property. The student, who was placed into protective custody without incident, was said to be, "cooperative."
A child abuse summons was issued to the gun's owner. No names are being released, nor was a copy of the summons released, because the incident involved a juvenile.
“A tragic event or loss of life involving guns can be avoided if we work together as a community to make gun safety a priority in our home," Delta Police Chief Robert Thomas said in a news release.
Thomas emphasized that gun owners must behave responsibly, and secure their weapons in a gun safe, gun box or with either a gun cable or safety trigger lock (the locks are available during regular business hours at most law-enforcement offices)..