On Friday, March 2nd, a 4th grade student at Goliad Elementary was reported to have brought a BB Gun on to the campus. School Administrators were made aware of the item early in the day and the BB gun was confiscated. According to George Bancroft, Community Relations Coordinator for Big Spring ISD, the student received a 3-day suspension and will receive a 10-day DAEP placement of 10 days. He also noted that the parents of all students in that particular class were notified by phone of the incident.
When asked what security measures Big Spring ISD has on their campuses to ensure the safety of their students, Bancroft stated, “Well, all of our campuses have one entrance. Students carry backpacks and, on occasion, they’re going to bring inappropriate items. This student certainly did, and it’s been addressed and we hope it doesn’t happen again.”
He went on to say, “I know, particularly, in this climate, parents are always very concerned. I think if it is the kind of thing that had it happened 30 years ago, had a student had a BB gun, no one would have thought twice about it. But, that’s not 30 years ago, it’s 2018 and parents are concerned, and rightfully so, and [Big Spring ISD is] too. We are as diligent as we can be.
Bancroft stated that other students had made staff aware of the BB gun when they saw it, and noted that it’s fortunate that students have been trained to report when they see things like that.