- Jorge Milian Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A Boynton Beach middle school student recently was suspended after allegedly bringing a gun to school, parents were told Monday.
A recorded telephone call made by an administrator at Congress Middle School said that no weapon was found, but the student was suspended because “we believe that the claims of a gun on campus are true.”
The name of the student and the type of gun brought to school are not identified on the call by Shannon Grice, the school’s assistant principal. The day of the offense also was not specified during the call.
Teachers became aware of a weapon possibly being present at the school after overhearing “multiple students talking about student who may have a gun on campus,” on Congress Avenue south of Boynton Beach Boulevard, according to the call.
Grice said “several searches” and interviews of students were conducted, but no gun was found.
“Unfortunately, while it appears that several students were aware of the weapon, no one told an adult about its presence on campus,” Grice said.
Parents should stress to their children the importance of informing a teacher, school police officer, administrator or some other adult if they know or have reason to believe about any weapon on school grounds “so that we can take swift action,” Grice said.
The incident at Congress Middle School was one of two in the past week involving a gun on a school campus.
A loaded gun was found at William T. Dwyer High School after school on Friday, according to the Palm Beach County School District.
A student at the high school, on Military Trail south of Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens, found the handgun on a cabinet in a classroom during dismissal and told school administrators.