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Augusta School District to review security after accidental shooting

Published: May. 16, 2016 at 5:26 PM CDT
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Augusta School District officials will review security policies, following an accidental discharge of a firearm at Sunday's graduation ceremony.

Superintendent John Black calls the incident a learning experience. He says they have to plan for these situations in the future.

Two people were injured after police say a man brought a gun concealed in his sock into the ceremony. Police say the man adjusted the gun, causing it to discharge. He shot himself in the foot, and a woman was struck by the ricochet.

Signs on all school entrances state no firearms are allowed on the property. Black says that should be enough to keep guns out.

"I think we really still are at that level in our society, or at least in our community to still have to trust people to follow the rules," said Black.

Black says the district will review its security policies. But he says adding things like metal detectors to major events might not be realistic, considering cost and the sheer number of events throughout the year.

Black says the incident has him wondering - how many times has someone brought a firearm on school grounds and gone undetected.

"Maybe, how many other weapons were at our particular function. But I don't think anybody knows the answer to that question," said Black.

Black says if the incident would have happened somewhere else, Augusta would likely send out a notice reminding people that firearms are prohibited on school property.

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