HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County school leaders are praising a proactive family member for doing the right thing by alerting the principal of a possible gun on a school bus. Tuesday morning's incident involved a high school student. Fortunately, it was a false alarm. But the superintendent said the district takes every tip seriously.
Harrison Central High School received a morning phone call from a concerned uncle of a student. According to the superintendent, that man is the student's guardian. He told the principal the boy had made a comment about a gun, even though no gun was found on him.
"And assured the school they had checked the child before he got on the bus and there were no issues, but wanted to make sure the school was aware," said Harrison County Schools Superintendent Roy Gill.
Gill said as a precaution, the principal notified Gulfport police.
"He did an outstanding job looking at what the situation was, just being cautious, because you never know nowadays. We can't take anything for granted," said Gill.
Officers searched the boy and the bus on Highway 49, about four miles from the campus. They did not find a weapon. Gill said students need to be more cautious about what they say.
"In today's world, it's not the place to discuss about bringing a gun to school. School should be their safe places," said Gill.
Gill won't speculate on whether the gun scare at North Gulfport 8th Grade School two weeks ago prompted the man to alert the high school. He did praise him for caring about the students.
"He's not only looking after his own child, but the safety of all of our kids and it's important we do that," said Gill.
Gill said the incident showed just how critical it is for students and parents to report anything suspicious.
"It takes all of us working together to make sure that everyone is safe," said Gill. "It's like the old saying, the boy that called wolf. But you never know when that one time that wolf is there."
Gill said he doesn't know why the teen mentioned a gun to his uncle. He said the student will not face any disciplinary action.