A look at the academy that’s been at the center of the controversy surrounding the school’s use of a controversial weapon
A new report from the Heritage Academy Firearms Safety Program shows how some of the schools gun use may have been mishandled.
The report, released Monday, examines the academy’s use and safety protocols from 2012 to 2019.
The report shows that some staff members were aware of the use of the weapon and failed to immediately report the incidents to law enforcement or to administrators.
According to the report, one of the academy staff members, a teacher, was disciplined for failing to report an incident and failing to follow standard protocols for firearm use and storage.
Another staff member, a custodian, was suspended for two months after failing to take immediate steps to ensure the safe storage and use of firearms.
In all, the report shows, there were 13 incidents of unintentional firearm use between 2012 and 2019.
In three of those incidents, the staff members failed to report the incident and failed even to call the police.
The custodian was suspended in the fourth incident, after the school sent a note to the custodian’s supervisor to notify him of the incident.
In the other two incidents, staff members who were unaware of the firearm use failed to alert the school that it was happening.
In one incident, the academy had its guns stored in a locked safe, with the locks turned off, and in another it stored them in a cabinet.
In a second incident, staff received a “Dear Colleague” letter, which they did not understand to be a police letter, but the school did not notify law enforcement until after the shooting.
In both cases, the incident was reported to the police department.
In the case of the locked safe incident, police did not pursue criminal charges.
In addition to the incidents, two students were injured during the incident, one by the weapon they used, and one by a nearby tree that fell on them.
The two students, who have since been discharged, were in the same class as the two staff members involved in the incident who were not injured.
The academy has said it has never received a letter from the school in regards to the incident nor the use or storage of the gun.
In April, a district-appointed gun violence task force found that the academy should be held accountable for its handling of the incidents and has called for the school to be closed.
In a letter to the superintendent, the task force said it “was made aware of serious concerns raised in the past about the academy gun use policy and gun safety practices and that the Academy was not complying with its responsibilities under the law.”
The academy is not alone in its handling.
Other schools have been accused of using firearms in ways that are questionable.
Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s third largest school district, fired an assistant principal after a video surfaced of him using a gun to shoot a 17-year-old student.
The video showed the boy and the assistant principal being led out of the building by officers.
The assistant principal told reporters later that he was not sure how the student had gotten to the school.
In an interview with the Los Angles Times, the assistant district superintendent, Michael A. Johnson, said the video was taken when he was in a meeting with students and other staff members.
The district said the assistant was reprimanded for his actions and not fired, and he was later reinstated.
The deputy superintendent, Scott W. Fisk, said he has been in the role for two years and had no knowledge of any use of force by an assistant.
The LAUSD also fired its superintendent in August after a former assistant principal was caught on video shooting at two people in a car outside the school building.
The former principal, Mark Gomes, was later fired.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.