Principal: Student brings unloaded gun to Ankeny middle school

A student brought an unloaded gun to Ankeny's Northview Middle School on Monday, the school's principal said in a statement sent to parents.

In the statement, the principal, Jay Slight, said other students reported to school officials that the student had displayed the gun.

"We are currently working with the Ankeny Police Department. At this time, there is no reason to believe there is a security risk to students or staff," Slight said, adding that classes continued as scheduled.

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He said the students responded immediately and followed the right process.

"Today is a great example of our students responding exactly how we have asked them to in these situations, which led to a very quick response."

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Ankeny police referred questions to the school district, which provided only the statement from Slight. It did not immediately respond to questions about whether there would be charges in connection with the case, where the student got the gun, if the student was taken into custody or whether the gun was taken from the student.

Noelle Alviz-Gransee is a general assignment reporter at the Des Moines Register. Follow her on Twitter at @NoelleHannika or email her at

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