— An Ottumwa High School student was found in possession of a firearm and knife blade this morning. The student showed the weapon to a fellow student, who then notified an OHS teacher. Within minutes the teacher notified the School Resource Officer and the student was removed from the classroom. After the student was interviewed, he was taken to the Ottumwa Police Department and charged.
“The school did not go into lockdown because the threat was contained within minutes,” said Superintendent Nicole Kooiker.
Below is the timeline of events:
- Student showed another student the gun during second period (8:48 - 9:22)
- Student that was showed the gun reported to staff member at approximately 9:55 a.m.
- Staff member reported incident to School Resource Officer (SRO) at 9:57 a.m.
- SRO contacted an Associate Principal at 9:58 a.m.
- Associate Principal and SROs removed student from his classroom at 9:59 a.m. Student was separated from possessions immediately.
- Student was questioned by SROs and Associate Principals conducted a search of the backpack at approximately 10 a.m. Gun and knife blade were found in bag.
- Superintendent and High School Principal were immediately notified and immediately worked to assure there were not additional safety concerns.
- Superintendent and High School Principal interviewed staff member.
- SRO notified Ottumwa Police Department supervisor, Sergeant Aljets.
- Parent was notified by SRO.
- Sergeant Aljets interviewed all students involved.
- Staff email sent out at 10:52 a.m. and parent/community notifications sent shortly thereafter.
“Ottumwa Community Schools is committed to ensuring the safety of our students,” said Kooiker. “We can’t control what the students do but we can control our response. I’m proud of the quick action taken by staff to contain the situation.”