RAPID CITY, S.D. – Photos of Rapid City Area School students holding a firearm that were seen on social media has caused some concern among community members.
The photos were brought to the attention of RCAS leadership and upon investigation, it was found that the firearm had been a display piece at a National Guard booth that was set up. The firearm was NOT loaded.
RCAS addressed the incident Friday and the National Guard reportedly recognizes that though there was innocent intent, firearms are prohibited on campus in all forms.
Nicole Swigart is Superintendent of Rapid City Area Schools. She says they have been in contact with the National Guard and they are all in agreement that this was not something suitable in a school setting.
The gun was at a South Dakota National Guard Veterans Day and recruitment booth at Rapid City Central High School.
In a release, the RCAS stated: “parents, students, and the community that there is no threat to the safety of individuals on campus. As always, we encourage any inappropriate social media posts to be shared with us so that we can investigate the origin and respond as appropriate.”