(West Babylon, NY) On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:56:14 PM, parents with children who attend West Babylon Junior High School learned via email that a bullet was found in a stairwell by a Junior High School staff member.
West Babylon Union Free School District Administration Building at 10 Farmingdale Rd. West Babylon. Photo credit: NewsLI.com file photo by Christoper Tozzi.
According to the reporrt, the Suffolk County first precinct was called and the responding officer stated that the bullet did not pose a threat to the students or staff safety. A staggered dismissal followed where classes of students were escorted by their ninth period teachers.
Scott Payne, Principal at West Babylon Junior High School sent a message to parents alerting them of the issue and requesting parents talk with their children to review the importance of reporting any incidents of concern. Hopefully, parents had that discussion with children; this parent did.
Today, after a weather break due to snow, children returned to school where teachers followed up with homeroom discussions about the importance of reporting things that students see or hear which may concern them. According to a follow up email, not to mention, exceptional communication from the school on this, it was today discovered that the bullet was dropped by a student.
“After meeting with students this morning, we were able to discover that a JHS student was responsible for bringing the bullet found in the stairwell to school on Tuesday, January 21. This student had apparently taken the bullet from a relatives house, found it of interest and decided to show some friends at school. This student further indicated that he was unaware that he accidentally dropped it. While this is an extremely poor decision on the student’s behalf, please be assured that there was no suggestion or intent for malice or harm. The student has been suspended pending the outcome of a superintendent’s hearing. Of course we will continue to have conversations as to how we can best prevent and/or handle these situations in the future” said an email from JHS staff.
The letter ended off with a reminder for parent to speak to children about reporting anything they may see or hear that is unsafe.
“I would again like to remind all parents to please talk to your children about reporting anything unsafe that they might see or hear. Additionally, as a reminder to families with firearms and ammunition in the home, please take this opportunity to make sure that these items are kept secured and are continually checked and inventoried to help ensure that children cannot and do not have access to them.”