Minneapolis’ Seward Montessori School was placed on “Code Yellow” status today after administrators learned that a staff member had placed a gun in a locker. Police were called and the staff member was removed from the building, according to district communications staff.
There was no evidence that the staff member had plans to use the weapon and students were not disrupted, the district reported. Parents were notified but asked not to pick up their children because the school day was expected to continue.
In a written statement, the school district said: “Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) this morning worked with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) to apprehend a staff member … There was no evidence that the employee intended to use the weapon; however, bringing a gun to school is against Minnesota law, violates MPS policy and creates a potentially unsafe situation.”
The district added: “MPD recovered the weapon at 8:30 a.m. and the staff member was immediately removed from the building and placed on administrative leave.”
During a Code Yellow, instruction continues as usual, and students remain in their classroom, it said.