Sioux City school officials discuss safety after morning incident

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A Sioux City elementary school was on lockdown earlier Wednesday after a student reported that a classmate had brought a gun to school.

The weapon turned out to be a BB gun and was found around 9:00 in the morning in the backpack of a male student at Perry Creek Elementary. 

The lockdown ended after law enforcement officials were able to determine there was no threat against students.

Both the school and police said no students were injured during the incident.

Sioux City Superintendent Paul Gausman said staff members and authorities handled the situation the best they knew how. 

“Today’s decision regarding a lockout as an example was that we wanted to isolate and control the challenge that was presented or that was reported to us and it worked very well. Our staff members did everything as they should have done,” said Gausman.

He continues to advise the public on ways to prevent this from happening in the future.

“It takes all of us working together to prevent any crisis from happening. Paying attention to your students and what they’re doing as they’re getting ready and heading off to school. Encouraging your students to talk to adults and trusting adults who are around them,” said Gausman. 

The police are working with the school to continue an investigation into the incident. We will keep you updated as this story develops.

Below is the school’s statement regarding the situation:

This morning, students at Perry Creek Elementary were put on lockout after a report was made to Perry Creek officials that a firearm was potentially present on school property. The report was immediately investigated and a BB gun was found. While a BB gun is not a classified as a firearm by definition, it is still prohibited on school grounds per board policy 502.9. Though the BB gun was not used in a threatening manner, and no students were ever in danger, the District still takes this matter very seriously. With respect to FERPA, the District cannot comment on student involvement, but it’s important to note officials will work with local law enforcement to fully investigate the situation and manage student conduct, as necessary, pursuant to board policy 502.1. School officials are committed to ensuring a safe and effective learning environment is maintained for all.    

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