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Seekonk Middle School Contacts Police Over Student's Facebook Picture of Guns

After a parent brought the post to the middle school's attention, they sent it to the police.

According to a police report written by Patrol Officer Stephen Kandarian, the assistant principal at  contacted the department on Monday, March 21, to report a male student's post to Facebook.com. A parent made the original report to middle school staff.

Mary Westcoat, the assistant principal, showed the officer a copy of the posting which had two semi-automatic guns pictured on the student's Facebook page, according to the report. Also on the page was a conversation between the student and a female student inviting her to "use one of my guns."

The officer verified that the student's father had an active gun license in Seekonk and contacted him. On Wednesday, March 23, the parent and son visited the police station. There, the officer showed the Facebook post to the father, who then said he didn't know the pictures were taken; the guns were out only because he and his wife were moving furniture for a short time.

According to the report, he said he shoots with his son and taught him gun safety protocol; therefore, his son's actions surprised him. He also said he normally locks his guns up. The father said he would tell his son to take the picture off Facebook. 

The officer then met with both the father and son, who said he took the picture without his father's knowledge and that he understood it was wrong. Officer Kandarian then told the student his father's firearms license could have been revoked and that the police department takes all issues concerning weapons and violence in schools very seriously.

Seekonk Resident March 31, 2011 at 08:44 PM
That picture is just a generic photo of a gun put on paint. Google "handgun" and it'll be like the second imagine.
deb of see-attleboro March 31, 2011 at 09:51 PM
yes. I don't believe the image used here on seekonk patch is from the kid's facebook page.
Abigail Crocker March 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Hi Patch users. For clarification, the picture in this story was not the student's Facebook page. Thank you.
karlene germane April 01, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Sorry thought that was the image.Look theres nothing wrong with fathers and sons going hunting,shooting etc. just supervise for safety,use safety glasses and ear protection.Teaching young people the proper way to handle fire arms is the responsible thing to do.
paul April 03, 2011 at 01:44 PM
I think the Hurley School and the Seekonk Police did the right thing. How did the press get the scoop on this story? Was this made public for safety reasons and if so who made that decision?

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