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Janitor arrested for bringing loaded gun to school

October 12, 2009
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SIOUX FALLS, SD — A janitor at Garfield Elementary School was arrested last week after a loaded handgun was discovered in his coat pocket, according to KSFY-TV.
Louis Thompson, who was charged with having a weapon on school grounds, says the entire incident is an innocent mistake, the story stated.
As a precaution, the school, which has a strict zero-tolerance for weapons, was placed on lock-down until Thompson was located and detained, the story noted.
Superintendent Dr. Pam Homan said: "It''s important that people understand we have absolutely no tolerance of guns or weapons on school property. It''s also obviously against state law. The other important piece is no one was threatened and no child or any staff member or employee was at risk and, as a matter of fact, the lockdown lasted about ten minutes."
The Sioux Falls School District sent a letter home to all parents and guardians notifying them of the incident, the story added.
According to the story, Thompson posted bond and was released under his own recognizance; he faces up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor charge.
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