Schools remind: no hunting weapons and ammo on school property

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Gun season is upon us and schools are reminding parents and students, it is no excuse to have dangerous weapons on school property.

People have been out in the woods hunting for months now, and this weekend, the gun deer season kicks off.

That’s why the Chippewa Falls School District is reminding families to keep all the hunting gear at home, and not to bring it onto school property, even if it's left in the car by accident.

Hunting season is more than just popular in Wisconsin; it’s the part of the culture- from small game hunting, and bow and arrow, to gun deer season.

“Even on accident someone could leave a dangerous weapon in a vehicle,” said Officer Mark Johnson, with the Chippewa Falls Police Department, who also serves as the school resource officer for the Chippewa Falls School District.

He says bows and arrows, shotguns, rifles, handguns, and even some hunting knives, are all considered to be dangerous weapons.

“Think about those things when you know that you're going hunting; you know that that's your vehicle, you know that that's the vehicle you're going to bring to school, you need to clean it out in the morning before you come to school, make sure none of those are present in those vehicle,” explained Johnson.

Officer Johnson says the school hasn't had an incident that he knows off.
However, if a weapon is spotted in a car parked on school property serious criminal consequences may arise.

“You end up having law enforcement personnel involved; it's a lot of time and a lot of effort, that doesn't need to go into a lot of those situations,” said Johnson.

He says all the school district is asking is for students and parents to keep track of hunting gear, and make sure no dangerous weapons are traveling with students to school.

“And that their child remove any weapons, that maybe inside of that vehicle before they come to school, along with other reminds they give their children every day,” said Johnson.

Officer Johnson added that hunting equipment creates safety concerns when brought onto the property and it's against the law

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