SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- A Drury University student is suspended indefinitely and is currently banned from campus for having two guns inside of his on-campus apartment. On Wednesday morning a Drury student contacted campus security about guns inside a College Park apartment. Drury officials then called Springfield police to investigate. As police investigated, they found two guns, the student said they were a hand gun and a rifle. Police took the student who had them into custody.
"I was a little shocked at first." said Persias Tadiwala, a Drury student.
But the student who had the guns tells KY3 it was all a misunderstanding. He spoke to Braden Berg over the phone and said he had recently taken the guns to a gun range. He was planning to take the guns back to his parents house, but his car wouldn't lock the night before, and he didn't want to leave them inside the unlocked car. So he brought them inside the apartment, but said he would never hurt anyone with them. Nevertheless students on campus say they are glad the other student reported the guns.
"I think the student did the right thing, that they thought something was wrong. Guns are dangerous so the school should definitely know about that." said Will Ingmire, a Drury student.
"If you see something, say something. The cops tell us that for a reason." said Tadiwala.
Both students said they know the student who had the guns.
"He was definitely a nice guy in class, I worked with him on some group assignments." Tadiwala added.
"I kind of thought it was a misunderstanding because I didn't think this would be something that he would do." said Ingmire.
Drury's handbook says students are allowed to have guns on campus as long as they are pre-approved by the dean of students or president of the college. The student tells us his guns were not approved because he didn't know about that rule.
Based on the university's investigation, the student could face a range of punishments...including a fine, community service, being removed from student housing, or criminal charges.
Here is the email that the president of Drury University sent out to students and faculty:
Drury security personnel received a report from a student that another student had a firearm in his possession in an on-campus apartment. Drury security quickly located the student in question, and contacted the Springfield Police Department, who responded quickly and began an inquiry. During the course of an investigation, officers found two firearms which were confiscated. It is a violation of our campus policy to possess a firearm on campus without prior approval. The student was arrested today and has been temporarily suspended and banned from campus pending the outcome of Drury’s investigation.
I am grateful for our Drury security officers and their response. SPD was there in the early moments of this event. The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is always our No. 1 priority at Drury. We take this responsibility seriously as our response and procedures showed in this instance. I am also thankful for the students who made the initial report. While there can be no doubt that we live in the midst of a gun culture here in the Ozarks (and even have a competitive shooting sports team) there can also be no ambiguity that firearms and weapons are prohibited on our campus without formal approval.
Therefore, I want to emphasize that if you as a student, staff or faculty member see something suspicious, please say something. Contact Drury Security at 837-7911 or call 9-1-1.