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February 3, 2010

Triton middle schooler apprehended for carrying firearm

BYFIELD – A Triton Regional Middle School student was apprehended in a classroom during school on Tuesday at the advice of another student who indicated that he saw the student with a firearm. The Newbury Police was immediately called in and no one was injured in the incident. Middle School Principal Jared Fulgoni, along with Newbury Police Chief Michael Reilly, provided details of the situation at a press conference at the school Wednesday morning. “We never want to face this kind of situation, but we have certainly prepared for it and it was handled without incident,” said Fulgoni. “We want to ensure parents that this was an isolated incident and that the student was removed and that the school is safe and the students are secure from harm.” Tuesday afternoon around 1 p.m., a student reported seeing another student with a firearm and reported it to the principal. Fulgoni immediately contacted the Newbury Police, who entered the school and the classroom where the said student was and took him into custody. The building was not put into a lockdown situation and no one was evacuated. It was confirmed by police that the student did indeed have a firearm that was not stolen and was of a known origin, though authorities would not confirm if it was loaded due to the ongoing investigation. The student is to be arraigned today on charges of carrying an unlicensed firearm and bringing it on school grounds. Because of the ongoing investigation, Fulgoni would not confirm the status of the student as a part of the student body, but he did say that with anything of this magnitude the student does not return to school. “This was a very serious incident and both the student who reported it and Mr. Fulgoni are to be commended for their quick thinking and proper handling of the situation,” said Superintendent Sandra Halloran. “We are glad to report that all students and staff are safe.” On that note, Halloran said that a meeting would be held this week to speak face-to-face with parents about the incident. The middle school students were called to an assembly Wednesday morning to discuss the incident and get responses to any questions or concerns. Fulgoni credits the positive outcome of a potentially very negative situation to the caring culture at the middle school where students help one another out. “There is always going to be conflict and bullying in a school, but here we seek to build a culture through classes and guidance that doesn’t support that, and this student stepping forward is proof of that.”

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