Authorities are investigating an incident on a Goodyear high school campus involving a handgun that was left in a backpack on campus.
According to police Commander Ralph McLaughlin, an alert campus security guard at Millennium High School noticed five students getting off a school bus and dropping a backpack on campus.
The students started to walk off the school grounds moments after dropping off the backpack.
McLaughlin said the security guard tracked down the students immediately and contacted authorities after finding an unloaded pistol inside the backpack.
Police are still investigating the incident, and it was unclear which student brought the weapon or why. All five students were immediately suspended, McLaughlin said.
You expect to have your child be in a safe environment while in school but that doesn’t seem to be the case as much as it used to be.
While were these students in possession of a gun in the first place? The only way this was found was due to the security guard on duty at the high school at the time this took place. Without that guard there, where would this gun be now?
How can you protect yourself and your children from situations like this occurring?
Not much legal discussion here. Be observant. Ask questions. Don’t hesitate to report unusual behavior.
What if the worst case scenario had occurred. Would the school have liability?
The answer to this is: Maybe. It would really depend upon the facts.
Were there prior similar incidents? Did they involve the same students? What actions did the school take? Could it have done more? Should it have done more? If it had, would it likely have prevented a worst case scenario?
These are the questions that would be asked to determine the issue of legal liability. Indeed, these are the types of questions that should be asked before anything does happen. If the school can satisfy itself with the answers to these questions beforehand, then the answers should never change, and the school did all that it could have. Be that the case, the school officials can know they are doing a fine job.