May 7, 2021
To parents and guardians in the King Philip Regional School District,
I am writing to inform you of an alarming incident that occured yesterday on a school bus that serves the King Philip Regional School District.
Last evening the Norfolk Police Department was contacted by a parent of a King Philip Regional Middle School student who notified them that a gun was found on a school bus by middle school students after dismissal as kids were getting on the bus that afternoon.
Norfolk Police quickly notified school officials in the district about the incident and of their ongoing investigation.
Through the investigation officers determined that the gun was found on a seat in the back of the bus as middle school students were getting onboard. There were about a dozen middle school students on the bus at the time.
This is a very disturbing and troubling incident, and we share in any frustration parents or guardians may be feeling. As you all know, the safety of our students is the district’s top priority and we are extremely thankful that no students were injured after the gun was discovered. We will share with you any additional information as it becomes available, and we will be reviewing our current contract with Holmes Bus Company as a result of this incident.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any additional questions about this matter. In the meantime, counselling services will be available to any student who should require them.
Paul A. Zinni, CAGS.
Superintendent of Schools