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Delay in Gun Reporting at Richland High School

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Posted: December 14, 2007 5:15 p.m.

RICHLAND, Wash.--New information about a gun found at Richland High School earlier this week.

Today, Richland School District Superintendent, Dr. Rich Semler, said from the time a student saw the gun to when staff reported it to police was about 50 minutes.

He's conducting an internal investigation to determine everything that happened in that time frame.

Sources tell KNDU two high school Vice Principal's were told by two separate students about the gun and they waited about an hour before telling (school) Security.

Security then told a School Resource Officer (SRO) who's with Richland police and is armed.

"There's about a 50 minute gap which I don't like and I'm not comfortable with," mentions Semler. I need to find out who did what, when and why it took so long and if there were any delays or what so, that's the part I'm working on."

Richland police say they're aware of information about three *other* instances where school district members have interfered with police investigations.

Semler says his investigation should be finished by Monday.