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Parents believe Dunkerton student with gun being blown out of proportion

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After Friday night's football game, Dunkerton officials found a gun in a bag belonging to a player on the team.

"I was shocked a little bit but I didn't see a major issue with it and you know Warren comes home," said Mike Ehring, Dunkerton parent. "He was fine. Everything was fine so I think they made it bigger than what it is."

The district moved into "secure situation" mode at school Tuesday. The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office was on scene before and after school. Students weren't allowed outside for recess or gym.

"Everything is precautionary," said Jim Stanton, Superintendent. "We're not concerned. We don't think anything else is going to happen. We didn't feel like there were any students in danger and absolutely nobody was harmed.

The football player involved has been suspended and the district will hold a hearing soon to move forward with plans to expel him.

Dunkerton's junior varsity football team had a game Tuesday against Don Bosco Catholic High School. As a courtesy, officials at Dunkerton told Don Bosco what happened in case the school wanted to cancel the game. Don Bosco gave parents the option of keeping kids home and many were fine with the decision to play.

"They needed to play and Dunkerton needed to play and the boys just want to come out and have a good time," said Katy Sweeney, Don Bosco parent.

Parents from both schools said they weren't worried and feel this whole situation has been blown out of proportion.

Dunkerton officials wouldn't comment on why they thought the student had brought the gun. They did say that no other students were involved. The case is being investigated by the black hawk county sheriff's office.

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