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Texas superintendent resigns after 3rd grader finds his gun unattended in a school bathroom



The superintendent of a Texas school district has resigned after a third-grade student found his gun unattended in a school bathroom.

Robbie Stuteville submitted his resignation from the Rising Star Independent School District, effective Monday. In a phone call with NBC News, Monty Jones, the secondary principal for grades 6 to 12, formally accepted it at a special board meeting on Thursday.

Jones will be the acting superintendent until the district finds a replacement.

Stuteville resigned in January following the district’s response to the district’s handling of an incident when a student was found in a bathroom at Rising Star Elementary School in Rising Star, a small town about 155 miles southwest of Dallas. Got a gun News of the incident became public last week, and several parents expressed frustration during a February 16 board meeting that they were not informed of the incident when it first happened.

The student told his teacher about the firearm, and the teacher sent the boy and another student to “go and make sure what he found,” Jones said Tuesday. Both students went to the bathroom and “once it was determined what it was, they went straight to the superintendent’s office,” he said.

Jones said the students never touched a gun. The teacher, who has not been identified, was “talked to” by an administrator on campus, he said, without disclosing what had been discussed.

Stuteville told NBC affiliate KRBC in Abilene, Texas, that he was using the restroom and put his gun in the stall. He said it was left unattended for about 15 minutes until the student found it.

Jones said he understands why parents would be upset but believes Stuteville made a mistake.

Jones said of Stuteville, “He took great pride in his job, and this was an accident and he felt very bad about it.” “He simply didn’t feel it was a situation where he could move forward without further distractions. To my knowledge no one called for his resignation. And the board certainly didn’t. We were very supportive.” and we were trying to make things work.” This.”

Jones said that he and Stuteville carried weapons on campus because of the spate of school shootings across the country. Jones explained that both men underwent a week’s training which included using a firearm and de-escalating the situation.

Parents and staff knew both had been taken, he said.

After the January incident, Jones said the district plans to implement policies to properly notify parents of incidents on campus.


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