The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 17, 2013

3rd-graders disciplined after BB gun brought to Ringwood school

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

RINGWOOD, Okla. — Three Ringwood third-graders were disciplined by school officials Wednesday after one of them brought a BB gun to school.

Superintendent Wade Detrick said the matter was handled internally by the school district, after the district’s attorney advised them a report to law enforcement was not required under the circumstances, Detrick said.

Hennessey lawyer Phyllis Walta, the district’s attorney, confirmed that.

“A BB gun is not a firearm under the gun-free school act,” Walta said. “If it would have been, it’s a mandatory one-year suspension that could only be modified by the superintendent.”

“We investigated thoroughly and disciplined the students,” Detrick said. “I am not going to be able to comment on what discipline was taken. There were some boys that asked another boy to bring the BB gun, and some who had gone to the restroom and looked at the BB gun.”

Detrick said school officials took the matter seriously.