Today 10/03/2018 at 1:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were called to Four Corners Elementary School, located at 500 Elma Avenue Se in Salem, after staff located an unloaded gun in the backpack of a 10 year old student. The gun was located after students saw the weapon and brought it to the attention of staff members at the school.

Gun Seized From Student at Salem Elementary School Oregon Marion County
Gun Seized From Student at Salem Elementary School

Deputy Chris Bangs, a School Resource Officer charged with investigating the incident was quoted as saying, “Today’s events reflect our daily efforts in our school to empower our students that when they see something to say something. The students and staff efforts today stopped an incident that could have had grave consequences.”

Deputies are continuing to work with our partners at the Salem Keizer School District and the student’s parents. The completed investigation will be referred to the Marion Juvenile Department for review.