Bullets, casings sold at Calgary school shock parents
Questions remain after Grade 5 students were caught selling or giving away shell casings and live ammunition
Calgary parents are raising concerns after finding out students brought bullets to the Silver Springs School in the city's northwest.
Barb Mullie received a letter last night informing parents that a couple of Grade 5 boys brought shell casings and live ammunition to her children's elementary school.
"They had been selling or giving away the casings to their Grade 5/6 classmates and one live bullet was sold to a boy in Grade 5," the letter stated.
Mullie said the incident raised some major concerns.
"If the kids are bringing the ammo to school, how are they getting a hold of it and what about the gun that goes with it? Is it as equally available to them and is that the next step?"
And those aren't the only questions Mullie has.
"What's wrong with parents that they don't have the ammo locked up? How did these kids get their hands on it?"
'At no time were students in danger,' says board
She says the letter from the Silver Springs School principal did little to answer her questions.
Meanwhile, the Calgary Board of Education says it takes the safety and security of students and staff very seriously.
"The school principal acted promptly to deal with the situation once she became aware of the circumstances," said the board in a statement.
"We are not able to speak about the specifics of the incident because provincial privacy laws. However, we can say that at no time were students in danger."
The school's letter says students are not permitted to sell personal items at school and that there would be disciplinary action.
Principal Deb Huitema wrote in the letter they had a discussion with students in grades 5 and 6 about the dangers of ammunition.
"This is a great opportunity for those of you who do have guns/ammunition in the home to reassess your security," she wrote.
Students face consequences
The school says all the parents of the boys involved have been contacted, and the students will face consequences both at home and school.
But the letter didn't say what the penalty would be and whether or not the police had been called.
Mullie says it was concerned parents who contacted police, not the school.
Officials are now investigating how the students got their hands on the ammunition and shell casings.
"Sometimes this stuff is found, sometimes they find it in the homes of their parents or guardians, and then if that was the case we would speak to the parents and determine the circumstances behind that," said Sgt. Duane Lepchuk.
He says although they will be investigating he doesn't believe that parents have cause for concern.
"They are a group of 10-year-old boys that had a fascination with guns and ammo," said Lepchuk. "It started off with the collecting of empty shell casings and this ammo was found. And I think they have seen the error of their ways."
Mullie says some parents have threatened to pull their kids out of the school.
"I don't think that's the answer. I think bringing media attention to it will force the CBE to look at their policies on that and the handling of this incident," she said,