The Alexander City Board of Education took stern and appropriate action Friday by expelling for a year a Benjamin Russell student who showed a handgun to another student earlier this month.
“It’s always a hard decision anytime a student is expelled but, again, we want to do what’s right within the law within our policy,” superintendent Dr. Keith Lankford said. “We hope that the student and all students learn from this process.”
The weapon never entered any buildings on the BRHS campus, Lankford said. Instead, the gun was confiscated from a vehicle on the gravel parking lot in front of the gym.
By all accounts, the school, school system and Alexander City police reacted promptly and properly — authorities cannot take chances with the lives of their students and employees.
It’s true in days gone by, especially at rural schools, many students openly carried rifles and shotguns in their pickup trucks. But in those days nobody would have dreamed of the mass shootings that are unfortunately so prevalent in today’s society.
It should also be noted another student who reportedly got into an altercation with the first student the day before notified school officials of the presence of the gun and we commend that young person for taking positive and responsible action.
The school board had to take a tough stance and it did, following its own guidelines as well as those of the state.
A lack of discipline usually leads to problems and the school board made sure it wasn’t lacking. Hopefully officials will never have to respond to a live shooter at any of our schools.