In this age of near-universal zero tolerance weapons policies on school campuses, students who accidentally bring guns or bows to school during hunting season often find themselves in big trouble, no matter how innocent their mistake.

Charges, suspension, expulsion–there are any number of cases in recent years where students didn’t just have the book thrown at them, they got crushed by it. Which makes it somewhat refreshing to see this understated, non-hyperventilating response to what clearly was an accident…

From this story in the Marietta (OH) Times:

Washington State Community College officials are reminding students of the rules against having weapons on campus after a rifle and a crossbow were found this week in students’ vehicles. One weapon was discovered Monday and another Tuesday, both in vehicles in the upper student parking lot, college spokeswoman Joy Frank-Collins said. There was no safety concern, she said, calling the incidents issues of “bad timing and poor judgment.” “It’s hunting season. It’s our understanding that was why they had those implements in their vehicles,” she said.
Campus security guards doing routine patrols in the lot discovered the items, Frank-Collins said. College officials were notified but local law enforcement was not. “That’s a situation in which we would exercise our own judgment,” Frank-Collins said. “In this situation, we were able to address things with our on-campus security force.” While school policy was violated, the weapons were not brandished and no one was made to fear for their safety, Frank-Collins said. Each student’s situation is addressed individually, based on college policies, she said.

No word on what–if any–punishment the students received, but at least it seems they weren’t branded with a scarlet “W” for flagrant weapons-mongering, kicked out of school forever and publicly stoned in the town square. How do you think your local school or university would have handled this?