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RICHLAND, Wash. -- New information about a gun found at a local high school.
Richland Schools Superintendent Richard Semler says waiting an hour and a half after learning about a gun at school is unacceptable.
Last night, it was students and parents that got the chance to ask questions about the December 12th incident where a 14-year-old and 15-year-old student were found with a gun at school. Many parents put blame on the two vice principals.
And today, Richland school district administrators met with Semler and Richland police captain Mike Cobb to to tell them that a new plan will be put in place to deal with gun and other dangerous situations.
Semler says, "I realized after talking with police that there were gaping holes in the plan."
Richland Police Chief Mike Cobb says school officials must be aware of the different types of crimes and how to deal with them.
Cobb says, "School violence situations, high risk vehicle stops. These are things from a law enforcement perspective that are high risk, low frequency."
Semler says that he wants school officials to have a detailed plan on how to take action in all types of dangerous situations.
Semler says, "Our assumption was that common sense would take over and obviously it didn't."
Semler called the new plan, a "more robust" approach. He outlined the new plan and the disciplinary action to be taken against the two vice principals at a meeting earlier this afternoon.
At that disciplinary meeting today, Semler announced that he met with Vice Principal Vicki Bricker and Vice Principal Ryan Rettig and gave both five-day suspensions, without pay. A letter of reprimand to both Bricker and Rettig says they acted with poor judgement on December 12th. But Semler says that it was important to him that the principals not be fired.
Semler says, "It's important to create a climate where you can make a mistake and if you have a climate where no one can make a mistake, then who is going to work for you."
Semler says along with the vice principal suspensions, schools will be doing a lot more practice on how to deal with dangerous situations. He says district policy on how to deal with situations like the one on December 12th will also be clarified.