Student With Shotgun Gets Probation


A 19-year-old Payson High School student who was charged with misconduct involving a weapon March 27 after he was caught with a shotgun in the high school parking lot was fined $366 Wednesday and placed on a year of unsupervised probation.

Justice Court Judge Ronnie McDaniel told PHS student Daniel Gillespie Wednesday that he does not have to report to a probation officer, but he does have to stay out of trouble during his probation.

A high school administrator saw Gillespie handling a 12-gauge shotgun in his vehicle in the parking lot and called police to the high school at about 8:15 a.m., just after classes started at the high school. Administrators at the high school and Rim Country Middle School ordered teachers to lock themselves and their students in their classrooms until Gillespie was arrested.

Police found a shotgun, shotgun shells and a knife in the student's vehicle.

According to the police report, Gillespie said he had gone hunting the previous night and had not taken the shotgun out of the vehicle.

Citing student confidentiality laws, school officials said they couldn't comment on what, if any, school discipline Gillespie had received.

According to the district's weapons policy, students who bring weapons on campus are automatically suspended for 10 days. Any additional punishment is up to the Payson School Board.

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