Barista Kids reported on Thursday afternoon that Principal Charles Miller of Glenfield Middle School sent out a email notifying parents that a student brought a BB gun to school on Wednesday morning. He said the BB gun was confiscated and that he followed the Board Regulation R-5131.1 on Conduct and Discipline.
Early Friday afternoon, a Glenfield parent told Barista Kids that the student used the BB gun to threaten his son because he felt bullied. The parent says the school called and informed him that his child was being punished for bullying, but never mentioned that the other student had used a BB gun to threaten his child. The parent claims that he found out from his child and went to see Mr. Miller on Thursday morning to complain that he and other parents should have been informed about the weapon and the threat.
When asked for a comment, Principal Miller would only say, “The incident is still under investigation.”
Mr Miller sent out an updated email late Friday afternoon admitting that there was “an oversight interpreting the Montclair Public Schools disciplinary policy, the Montclair Police were not immediately notified. They have now been called and we are cooperating fully with them.” He also stated that the actions taken were not in full compliance with district policy.
Barista Kids looked at the Board Regulations Policy and found that the one Mr. Miller quoted in his first email “R-5131.1” is for sexual harassment. The correct regulation is R-5131.7 titled “Weapons and Dangerous Instruments,” which states that the disciplinary action of possession of a firearm is:
Any pupil who is convicted or adjudicated delinquent for possession of a firearm or a crime while armed with a firearm or found knowingly in possession of a firearm on any school property, on a school bus, or at a school-based function shall be immediately removed from the school’s regular education program pending a hearing before the board to remove the pupil from the regular education program for a period of not less than one calendar year.