Student Bringing Gun to School Presser

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“Something significant was prohibited yesterday,” that’s what Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania had to say at a press conference today, addressing the questions of why a 14-year-old would bring a gun to school with over 100 rounds of ammunition and a mask.
Chief Papania did identify the gun the student brought to North Gulfport 7th and 8th Grade School. He says it was a 22 caliber ruger. Chief Papania says he’s not sure the intent of the teenager but the means were there for a school shooting similar to the Columbine shooting.
Chief Papania says it was another student who became aware of the gun and told a teacher. He says that student is a hero. “That kid’s a hero. That kid is a hero. That principal is a hero and that SRO is a hero and that’s what’s neat, we have heroes in our schools saving our kids. So, all we’re doing is having a conference about a gun we had.”
Chief Papania also says this should be a wake-up call for parents to be involved in their children’s lives and keep an eye on their social media accounts. He also says gun owners should secure their weapons.

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Shelby Myers comes to News 25 from small town, Thomasville, Alabama. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sociology. She is excited to be a part of the beautiful Gulf Coast. Shelby completed an internship with WKRG 5 in Mobile, AL where she found her passion for journalism. While in school, she reported and anchored for Jag TV, a university show, and also won a Creative Arts Award within the Communication Department for a documentary on the South Alabama football team. During her free time, Shelby enjoys watching sports, reading, and volunteering. She looks forward to beginning her career on the exciting Coast.