MILFORD — An incident where a student at Milford School displayed a handgun after school hours has been resolved. Additionally a glitch in the school’s notification program to parents and staff has also been resolved.
Kosciusko County Chief Deputy Shane Bucher stated the matter has been resolved, no one was in danger and the gun was not displayed at the school. Additionally, a report on the incident has been sent to the prosecutor’s office for possible juvenile charges being filed.
A notice was sent out by Milford Principal Dr. Steve Troyer Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. to parents and staff providing an update on events at Milford School Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as an explanation why a number of individuals did not receive notification.
A copy of the letter, provided by Dr. Tom Edington, Wawasee Community School Corporation superintendent, stated Troyer scheduled an email to be sent and posted a message to Skyward, a parent portal, at 9 p.m. Tuesday, addressing the matter involving a student being in possession of a firearm on the way home from school. It was learned late Wednesday parents did not receive the emails due to an unknown issue with the software platform. Only those parents who logged into the Skyward parent portal were able to access the message.
Troyer apologized for what happened stating the school “tried to be proactive in getting a message out to parents” as soon as they could. “Most of you probably received that email this afternoon (dated for yesterday) after the technology issue was resolved. Again we did not intend for this information to get delivered to you today, but rather at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.”
Regarding an update on the situation Troyer wrote “Following the discovery of the reported information on Tuesday afternoon, we immediately began an investigation through a joint effort with local law enforcement … This investigation lasted throughout the late hours of Tuesday night and continued through the school day on Wednesday. From what we have discovered, there has not been an actual or credible threat made to Milford School. At this point in time, we feel comfortable in saying that the allegation involving a possible firearm at Milford School has been resolved. Numerous law enforcement officials helped uncover the actual facts of the incident and the individuals alleged to have been involved have been located and are accounted for.”
Troyer expressed awareness of parents and students having feelings of being nervous, worried or even scared noting these are “real emotions and we don’t want to dismiss them.” He noted the biggest priority was providing a safe environment for students and staff and they will continue to have extra law enforcement in the building as they move forward.
“We look forward to having your children here again on Thursday and finishing the year on a good note. There are many great activities that will be positive and fun for kids in the last few weeks of school. It is our hope that all children will feel safe and comfortable coming to school and we will do everything in our power to provide that environment for them.”