Officers search Grainger County (TN) schools for missing gun


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enfield
April 6, 2005, 09:27 AM
Officers search Grainger County schools for missing gun

A school resource officer's gun is missing in Grainger County. Police are worried someone has it, and officials are searching in two local schools.

Officers are searching lockers, trash cans, dumpsters, even the top of the school building trying to find the school resource officer's missing Glock 357.

Officers from several departments, even bomb sniffing dogs, are part of the search for the gun officials say was missing from the officer's off-duty holster. Officers say she had the gun earlier in the day. She had been at both Rutledge Middle and Joppa School before she noticed it was missing.

As a Blaine softball team practiced behind Joppa School Tuesday evening, the day's events were on the minds of parents and students.

"A lot of parents want to know what's going on, why a gun is here and why it was put in a position where a kid or somebody could get to it," said parent Steve Browning.

When Steve Browning's seventh grade daughter got home from school, she told him the school had been put under lockdown, and all the students were searched.

"I panicked. I didn't let her know. I said, 'Oh wait a minute. What's going on?'" said Browning.

Fourth grader Bobbi Jean Lusk was outside when they were called in for the lockdown.

"Me and my friend was panicking and everything," said Bobbi Jean Lusk. "We almost started crying because we didn't know what's going on."

Back at Rutledge Middle, officers say they are prepared to search for as long as it takes. They have a message for anyone who may have already found the gun.

"If someone came to the school (Tuesday) and happened to see this weapon laying on the ground and picked it up, we want you to call the police department or the sheriff's department. No questions asked. We want the weapon," said Jesse Jarnigan of the Rutledge Police Department.

Both Rutledge Middle and Joppa School will follow their normal schedules Wednesday.

http://www.wbir.com/news/news.aspx?provider=KNS&storyid=24655

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Old Fuff
April 6, 2005, 10:01 AM
Clearly, this incident shows why only police officers should have guns ... :uhoh:

I would think that both the officer and the schools would have made arrangements to keep any firearms under lock & key when they were not attached to the user's person. Lacking a better arrangement, she could have locked the pistol in her car. (Not good, but better then nothing). Hopefully we will get an update if (or when) they find the gun. Meanwhile, if I was a parent I would demand some answers, but not necessarily the ones the sheeple will ask about.

Parallax
April 6, 2005, 10:32 AM
Guns should be restricted to responsible government agencies only :rolleyes:

sturmruger
April 6, 2005, 10:35 AM
I feel safer knowing this women is a police officer. How the on earth do you loose a pistol from a retention holster?? Don't most LEOs have retention holsters now days?

HankB
April 6, 2005, 10:44 AM
I wonder if this copchick got her training from the same place that the DEA's Rasta-Man (star of a recent internet video where he touted his professionalism moments before shooting himself) did.

Augustwest
April 6, 2005, 11:10 AM
...she told him the school had been put under lockdown, and all the students were searched.

Makes sense, further demeaning the serfs for a mistake their masters made... :(

JohnBT
April 6, 2005, 02:36 PM
I agree, it would have been much better to let the kid with the gun take it home. Hey, maybe a teacher took it.

John

Augustwest
April 6, 2005, 03:38 PM
What "kid with the gun?"

Updated story:

A school resource officer's gun has been found in a Grainger County school office. Police were searching in two local schools.A school resource officer's gun has been found in a Grainger County school office. Police were searching in two local schools.

According to Joppa School officials, the gun was found on a tall cabinet in the nurse's office at Joppa School.

StopTheGrays
April 6, 2005, 03:50 PM
If I found it I would either cut it up into a bunch of pieces and turn it in like that or melt it down and make it a part of statue I would later donate to the school. :evil:

Standing Wolf
April 6, 2005, 04:22 PM
According to Joppa School officials, the gun was found on a tall cabinet in the nurse's office at Joppa School.

The poor Glock probably just wasn't feeling well, and wanted some aspirin.

q102josh
April 6, 2005, 04:28 PM
this goes to show you that even LEO's shouldnt be armed... only rapists and murderers should be allowed to posess firearms ;)

Dean C
April 6, 2005, 07:36 PM
Who put the gun up on the tall cabinet? And, why?
dean

c_yeager
April 7, 2005, 05:38 AM
How much do you wanna bet that the gun was found exactly where the officer left it?

mfree
April 7, 2005, 06:58 AM
It was. The officer removed it to weigh herself *rolls eyes* at the nurse's office.

c_yeager
April 7, 2005, 07:14 AM
It was. The officer removed it to weigh herself *rolls eyes* at the nurse's office.

I thought you were making a bit of an off-color sexist joke untill I realized that you werent kidding:
http://www.wbir.com/news/news.aspx?provider=KNS&storyid=24655

Is she TRYING to reinforce every negative stereotype of a female police officer? Whats next, crashing her cruiser while she is checking her makeup? How do you just LEAVE YOUR GUN SOMEWHERE!?

Steelcore
April 7, 2005, 08:26 AM
God,how stupid do you have to be to lose a gun in a holster on a gunbelt and not have a clue it is gone?Was the ossifer smoking crack with the homiies?Maybe she traded it for crack?What an idiot.

El Tejon
April 7, 2005, 09:01 AM
Well, we do have members here at THR who have left guns about, e.g. one good-looking, suave member left a pistol in his hotel bathroom before gun skul one day and did not discover it until he went for coffee. :uhoh: :eek:

Mistake? Yes. Should she be disciplined? Yes. Should training now reflect this mistake? Yes.

However, it is a mistake to say that this is somehow gender-specific or po-po-specific. Great ammo for us though next time the anti whimper about how only "trained police officers" are responsible to handle firearms. :D

Pilgrim
April 7, 2005, 11:32 AM
When Steve Browning's seventh grade daughter got home from school, she told him the school had been put under lockdown, and all the students were searched.

"I panicked. I didn't let her know. I said, 'Oh wait a minute. What's going on?'" said Browning.

Fourth grader Bobbi Jean Lusk was outside when they were called in for the lockdown.

"Me and my friend was panicking and everything," said Bobbi Jean Lusk. "We almost started crying because we didn't know what's going on."

I'm glad to see that "panic" is the new word to describe the unusual, mystifying, and strange. I was becoming tired of hearing the word "awesome" all the time.

Do you suppose Bobbi Jean Lusk will grow up to become an English teacher?

Pilgrim

mfree
April 7, 2005, 11:50 AM
C_yeager:

I'd have rolled my eyes regardless of the sex of the weight-conscious police officer.

foghornl
April 7, 2005, 12:12 PM
If I was already outside, and a lockdown was called, I would bolt for home. Let them try to catch me and drag me back inside. If you are outside, you have a better chance of getting away alive than if you are trapped inside, safe and secure behind a locked cardboard door, complete with glass window.

c_yeager
April 8, 2005, 03:36 AM
I'd have rolled my eyes regardless of the sex of the weight-conscious police officer.

Me too. There is no denying that women face an uphill battle in traditionally male fields, particularly law enforcement. Things are hard enough for women in that job as it is without someone coming along and doing exactly what all the old misogynist said they would.

Its one thing to leave a firearm in your hotel room, you have to take it off to sleep (at least i do). There is no reason in the world that this officers gun should have left its holster and been set aside while she was on duty.

CleverName
April 8, 2005, 04:20 AM
Pilgrim

A lot tends to happen in a decade plus. Maybe by the time she's 17, Bobbi Jean Lusk will be a bestselling author.

Or maybe she'll be failing English. Who knows.

HankB
April 8, 2005, 08:35 AM
If I was already outside, and a lockdown was called, I would bolt for home. Let them try to catch me and drag me back inside. If you are outside, you have a better chance of getting away alive than if you are trapped inside, safe and secure behind a locked cardboard door, complete with glass window. Ditto.

Bear Gulch
April 8, 2005, 10:20 AM
Your tax dollars at work.

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