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Student in custody after bringing firearm to Frontier Middle School

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Sep 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-29 18:48:48-04

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Frontier Central School District officials say a student is in custody after bringing a firearm to the middle school on Tuesday.

The middle school was in a, "hold in place" Tuesday morning as a result of the incident.

According to officials, the student was separated from the firearm, and the firearm was secured with assistance from the Hamburg Police Department.

School officials say the student awaiting deposition from police and the school was able to resume operations.

Parents in the district tell 7 Eyewitness News they're upset with how the district handled the incident.

"This was handled really poorly," said Amanda Englert who has a daughter in the middle school.

A mother of a sixth grader says the quick thinking action of her son could have saved lives.

"I thank God that I am not planning a funeral because my son was right there with him," said Jillian Kalbeck.

Kalbeck says her 11 year-old son went into the bathroom Tuesday morning at Frontier Middle School. A student, who was already in the bathroom asked him to hide, but then she says showed him a fanny pack of ammunition. She says her son then ran out of the bathroom to grab a teacher.

"There was nothing good that could have come out of that other than what did," she said.

The District says:

"Consistent with our safety procedures, the student was separated from the firearm, the firearm was secured, and we involved the Hamburg Police Department, which responded immediately to completely resolve the incident. The student who possessed the firearm is now in custody awaiting disposition by the authorities. Once the arrest was made, a joint threat assessment was conducted, including a thorough search of the building, following which we were cleared to resume regular operations.”

Parents say they weren't actually notified of what happened until Wednesday.

"The silence in the situation is inexcusable," said Colleen Bugman, a parent at the school.

Hamburg Police are still investigating.