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Employee brings loaded gun to Minneapolis school

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Police said a loaded handgun was taken Monday from a staff member at a Minneapolis elementary school, the Star Tribune reported.

The gun was in a locked locker inside a staff locker room at Seward Montessori School, the newspaper reported.

The woman, an educational assistant, has a permit to carry the weapon, but bringing a gun to school is against the law. The violation is a potential misdemeanor, but she was not arrested, the newspaper reported.

The school posted this on its website:

"One of our staff members was in possession of a firearm in a locked locker. No staff members or students were harmed or threatened by this incident. There is no evidence that the employee was a threat to our school community. Staff responded immediately, followed proper security procedures and alerted police. The firearm was secured by police. The staff member was immediately removed from the school and placed on administrative leave.

"Maintaining a safe and secure environment at our school is a top priority. As a precaution, our school will remain on code yellow for the remainder of the day. During a code yellow, instruction continues as usual, but students remain in their classrooms. Weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited on school property. We are committed to following state law and MPS policy in all matters involving weapons.

"Our school resource officer and MPS safety and security staff are working with us to make sure that our school remains a safe place to work and learn. If your student has any concerns, please encourage him or her to connect with any of our staff members."

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