A stolen firearm was found and recovered from a dormitory by Grayson College campus police Friday. The firearm was determined to be stolen and the student in possession of it was under the legal age to own a handgun, 21.
The student was taken to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and booked for Places Where Weapons Prohibited and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. The investigation is ongoing.
This arrest follows a separate gun related incident on campus earlier in the month, in which a firearm was accidentally discharged by a student.
Friday’s arrest occurred after concerned students approached the Residence Hall supervisor for Viking Hall, the college’s only dormitory, and stated their belief a firearm and drugs might be present within one of the rooms. The room was believed to be occupied by a student under the age of 21.
GC police were immediately notified and an investigation was initiated. Police K-9s were brought in to conduct the search and no drugs were found. The search conducted by the Residence Hall supervisor and chief of police discovered a firearm, which was confiscated.
GC Assistant to the President Molly Harris credited the quick recovery to the willingness of students to come forward and the fast action of staff.
“Safety is always our No. 1 concern when we’re dealing with our students and our staff as well,” Harris said. “It was a student who brought it to our attention and our resident advisor. Without the students expressing concerns it wouldn’t have happened as quickly. There is an orientation for resident students every academic year and they are encouraged to ‘See something, Say something.’ It is all part of being a community.”
The incident earlier in the month occurred on Jan. 10th when a Criminal Justice Club Supervisor was involved in a meeting with two students. The students were working with a computerized firearms simulator. During the training, the club adviser believed he had secured his personal firearm in a case.
The adviser later stepped out to use the restroom. During this time, a student mistakenly accessed the firearm believing it to be a training weapon. The firearm was directed toward the simulator target when discharged. The shot punctured the wall and broke a window nearby.
The training weapon has a thick red stripe along the top of it, but is otherwise similar in look and feel to an actual firearm.
Grayson College said, in its statement regarding this incident, the college’s investigation is coming to a close and it will take steps to further protect against this type of incident.
“The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of firearm safety, especially on a college campus,” the statement said. “At this time, we anticipate installing additional locked boxes in necessary classrooms and requiring additional training.”