State reports on CK weapons

For the first time in three years, a gun was found on a CK student, last school year.

The state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction released its weapons-in-schools analysis recently.

The CK gun actually never made it to campus. The young male carrying it in his backpack was stopped short of Fairview Junior High after officials were tipped, said Lee Marcum, executive director of secondary teaching and learning. The youngster was arrested and then expelled. No timeline was available.

CKSD school year 2000-2001 stats show one gun, 24 knives and four “other” weapons confiscated from students.

“Other” included a martial arts flying star, toy gun, and nail clippers.

“It was the first time we’ve found a gun in years,” said Marcum. “There were no assaults.”

He said the district routinely reports weapons found to the state office, as do all districts in the state.

Guns are rare in CKSD, but the trend in knives has been up steadily since 1999-2000, when it went from a little more than 15 to 24 this past year.

Prior to that, the district was in a descending pattern, with knives confiscated about 24 in 1996-1997 down to 20 in 1998-1999.

In 1997-1998, two guns were found, one at Klahowya Secondary and one at Ridgetop Junior High. In 1994-1995, two guns were found. School records couldn’t be located to ID the school or schools where the weapons were found, said Marcum, and the information was not available from the OSPI.

Knives in CKSD schools increased between 1994-1995 and 1996-1997, when the number went from a little more than 10 to about 24, the OSPI report indicated.

“A lot of little kids bring things to school that they don’t realize are inappropriate,” he said. This is what constitutes the “other” category and some knives. He added that after Sept 11, school workers were on the alert, and may have caught more knives last year because of that. The actual number of knives may not have increased over the year before, he said.

“We still feel we have a pretty safe situation on our campuses,” said Marcum. “The worst years we had for weapons were back in the 1970s and 1980s.”

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