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The Dardanelle School District superintendent said that a school resource officer was removed from his on-campus role after leaving a gun in an elementary school restroom in November, and that he didn't know why the incident was making news in January.

"We didn't try to quash the story or anything like that," Dardanelle superintendent John Thompson said. "We reported it to the sheriff’s office and then everything was handled immediately. I am not sure why this is making news now."

Thompson said the incident happened at the district's primary school in November. The school resource officer, who was also a deputy for the Yell County sheriff's office, left his gun in a bathroom that is used by staff and guests, but is also available to students. A student's grandparent found the firearm.

"A teacher was contacted about the firearm and she took it to the office," Thompson said. "We contacted the sheriff and the school resource officer was removed immediately."

Thompson said the school now has a new officer. The news of the mishap with the firearm was reported by various media outlets this week.

"I am not sure why this is happening now," Thompson said. "It really is old news."

Attempts to contact the Yell County sheriff's office were unsuccessful Thursday.

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  • 23cal
    January 11, 2019 at 8:34 a.m.

    About "It seems Mr. Newsom isn't aware of two facts: A shooter only needs one gun to commit a mass shooting....." This is disingenuous. While it only takes one gun to commit a mass shooting, the undeniable fact is that in a great many of the mass shootings the shooter does in fact take and use more than one gun.
    "......and the NRA doesn't make money from gun sales." Indirectly, it does make money from gun sales, because corporations, many within the gun industry, donate millions to the NRA. Between 2005 and 2013,"the gun industry and its corporate allies gave between $20 million and $52.6 million to it just through the NRA Ring of Freedom sponsor program. The NRA also made $20.9 million — about 10 percent of its revenue — from selling advertising to industry companies marketing products in its many publications in 2010, according to the IRS Form 990. Additionally, some companies donate portions of sales directly to the NRA. Crimson Trace, which makes laser sights, donates 10 percent of each sale to the NRA. Taurus buys an NRA membership for everyone who buys one of their guns. Sturm Rugar gives $1 to the NRA for each gun sold, which amounts to millions. The NRA's revenues are intrinsically linked to the success of the gun business." htt ps://w m/gun-industry-funds-nra-2013-1
    By the way, the Federal Elections Commission has an ongoing inquiry into NRA collusion with Russia to promote Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign and its use of an apparent shell company to skirt election laws.
    I don't think this particular law is going to be very good or effective. At the same time, I have been saying that every time an innocent is killed and the gun fanatics make sure absolutely nothing is done to prevent more gun deaths, that more people become opposed to gun rights as they are today. The gun nuts are their own worst enemy because their intransigence and proactive jihad against doing ANYTHING to decrease firearm deaths drives more and more people to more and more draconian anti-gun measures.
    I read where a resource officer at Dardanelle left his gun in an elementary school bathroom. If trained police officers make those kinds of missteps, can you imagine how often this sort of thing will happen now that a bunch of school librarians get the green light to pack heat in schools?

  • Libertarian
    January 11, 2019 at 11:31 a.m.

    Wow 23cal. I'm supposed to read your whole diatribe before I get to something remotely related to this article?

    Local movie theater had the same thing happen. Lady police officer came back for it before it was reported. Had it been reported to her superiors, she would have been fired.