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Mass. principal on leave after failing to report loaded gun magazine

Boston Herald
February 22. 2018 9:03PM

Medford, Mass., Mayor Stephanie M. Burke blasted her school administration’s response — and placed a middle school principal on paid leave — Wednesday for leaving her in the dark after a loaded gun magazine was found on the campus in late December.

Burke said McGlynn Middle School Principal Jake Edwards was placed on paid administrative leave because a “magazine clip loaded with at least one bullet” was discovered at the school’s auditorium Dec. 29. But Burke was unaware of this until last Friday, she said.

The lack of communication between the school system, her office and police, “put our entire community at grave risk,” Burke said during a press conference Wednesday where she made statements out of “profound disappointment.”

“I am both professionally and personally astounded that I was not informed immediately of the incident,” Burke said. “I am deeply concerned by how this matter was handled by the school administration, the lack of attention to the potential threat the situation imposed. And the lack of notice and communication with police personnel, as well as my office.

“Handling a situation of this potential magnitude within the school system alone is unacceptable. I assure you a complete and expedited police investigation is ongoing and the results will be communicated as soon as the findings are received,” she said.

Burke added former Attorney General Martha Coakley will lead an independent investigation into what occurred.

Burke said police officers and police dogs would sweep all district schools.

District Superintendent Roy E. Belson said security measures will also be assessed.

“People are concerned about security measures, especially in light of what happened in Florida,” he said.

On Feb. 14, a former student used an assault rifle to massacre 17 students and staff at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

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