A Potentially Dangerous Situation in a High School

Below is an exchange that a friend of mine shared about a potentially dangerous situation that was resolved without incident.

Greetings Bob

I wanted to share correspondence (between an administrator and me) in reference to an incident that happened years ago in Minnesota.

A student came to me saying that a student, known to me, had a handgun on campus.  Jim, the administrator, and I acted immediately to find the student, search his locker and personal belongings and locate the (loaded) handgun.  The student who contacted me felt secure and confident enough in our relationship to know that it was safe to do so and that I would act without involving her.

It is critical that students feel comfortable talking to their administration, faculty and staff if they sense something is happening or about to happen in a school.  It is equally critical that administration, faculty and staff act decisively.

Relationship, relationship, relationship!   William Glasser, M.D. – Glasser Quality Schools


From: Al
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018
To: Jim
Subject: Weapons in School

Following each and every school shooting, I am reminded that the very best intervention starts with students feeling comfortable talking with staff/faculty about potential problems.  You and I know something about that; acting quietly and efficiently to solve a potentially serious problem before it started.  Who knows where the situation with the loaded weapon at HP Senior High might have gone had it not been for the team work displayed – and most important, the student’s feeling comfortable talking to a trusted staff member.  No doubt you pass along to your staff and faculty that relationships with their students should be developed so trust and confidentially are engendered.


From: Jim
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2018
To:  Al
Subject: Re: weapons in school

I think about that day also… We were able to deescalate only because we worked together… So good to hear from you!