A Drury student is facing indefinite suspension and has been banned from the campus after students reported he had guns inside his on-campus apartment.
Drury officials called Springfield Police to the campus after the reports and discovered that the student had a handgun and rifle in their room. Police took the student into custody.
The student is claiming that the guns were in his room because he was being a responsible gun owner. He had gone to a shooting range and was going to be returning them to his parent’s house. When his car would not lock, he did not want to leave guns in an unlocked car, so he brought them into the apartment where he could make sure the guns were secure.
Drury’s handbook says students are allowed to keep guns on campus as long as they are pre-approved by the dean of students or the president of the college. In this situation, the guns were not approved, reportedly because the student was not aware of that rule.
Drury’s president sent a letter to staff and students about the incident:
Drury security personnel received a report from a student that another student had a firearm in his possession in an on-campus apartment. Drury security quickly located the student in question, and contacted the Springfield Police Department, who responded quickly and began an inquiry. During the course of an investigation, officers found two firearms which were confiscated. It is a violation of our campus policy to possess a firearm on campus without prior approval. The student was arrested today and has been temporarily suspended and banned from campus pending the outcome of Drury’s investigation.
I am grateful for our Drury security officers and their response. SPD was there in the early moments of this event. The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is always our No. 1 priority at Drury. We take this responsibility seriously as our response and procedures showed in this instance. I am also thankful for the students who made the initial report. While there can be no doubt that we live in the midst of a gun culture here in the Ozarks (and even have a competitive shooting sports team) there can also be no ambiguity that firearms and weapons are prohibited on our campus without formal approval.
Therefore, I want to emphasize that if you as a student, staff or faculty member see something suspicious, please say something. Contact Drury Security at 837-7911 or call 9-1-1.