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Columbia Falls girl faces expulsion for gun in trunk

2010-12-08T09:49:00Z Columbia Falls girl faces expulsion for gun in trunkThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 08, 2010 9:49 am  • 

KALISPELL - A 16-year-old Columbia Falls High School student faces expulsion after inadvertently bringing an unloaded hunting rifle to school.

Shortly after school officials announced on Dec. 1 that contraband-sniffing dogs were at school, she remembered the rifle in her car trunk and told the school secretary. The secretary said she would get the message to the principal.

Not long after, assistant principal Scott Gaiser told her she was suspended and faced at least a 21-day expulsion. A hearing is set for Monday night.

The federal Guns-Free Schools Act sets a one-year expulsion in such cases, but allows trustees to modify the term of the expulsion on a case-by-case basis.

Superintendent Michael Nicosia says the administration won't recommend a yearlong suspension.

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(10) Comments

  1. Purple
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    Purple - December 09, 2010 7:31 pm
    Wow, for the second time this year, Montana's education system has become the laughing stock of the nation.

    This story made the national news.
  2. Purple
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    Purple - December 09, 2010 8:04 am
    Just wondering, has anyone ever considered inspecting the cars in school parking lots which belong to TEACHERS, or administrative staff?

    The zero tollerance policies adopted by many schools throughout this country should not be strictly aimed at students, they should also apply to teachers, school administrators, and even office staff personnel.
  3. Purple
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    Purple - December 08, 2010 4:02 pm
    This is just another example of what has become of our education system. Someone does the right thing and still gets in the same amount of trouble she would have if she hadn't come forward.

    And for an UNLOADED weapon too boot.
  4. mrmtmx
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    mrmtmx - December 08, 2010 2:03 pm
    Wow. I understand that a gun should not be on school grounds, but come on. This is Montana..... It was just hunting season. She did nothing wrong. Come on people.
  5. what the
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    what the - December 08, 2010 11:32 am
    heck. young people, and this young lady in particular, should not be denied an education for doing the right thing. expulsion for communication will deter other young adults from communicating and trusting adults on other life matters, not good. hoping the school administrators will use this as a positive example for other students and to demonstrate that adults in schools can be trusted with the real life situations of teenagers.
  6. Countryboy
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    Countryboy - December 08, 2010 10:57 am
    What about COMMON SENSE? Have we none left? This girl is being punished for doing the right thing. Should we teach our children to lie? DUMB!
  7. Independent
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    Independent - December 08, 2010 10:46 am
    This kid did the right thing. She should be praised. The dogs don't sniff out guns. Thank her and get on with the job of educating kids.
  8. remybon
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    remybon - December 08, 2010 10:16 am
    a suspention for a few days seems fine, but an expulsion seems over the top, as long as it was just an honest mistake. if the student had a history of getting in fights or making threats, it would be one thing, but if there was never a threat and the student just forgot about the gun in the car, then her education should not be taken away as a punishment.
  9. MinusTheBear
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    MinusTheBear - December 08, 2010 10:08 am
    Seems a bit harsh?
  10. Longinus
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    Longinus - December 08, 2010 9:58 am
    Why suspend or expel the young lady at all? Yes it was an oversight on her part, but she did the right thing.

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