Rising Star elementary

Superintendent resigns after leaving a gun in elementary school bathroom that was later found by a third-grader

Feb. 21, 2023
Robby Stuteville, superintendent of the Rising Star (Texas) district, says he left his gun in a stall after using the bathroom.

The superintendent of the Rising Star (Texas) district has resigned days after parents learned that he left a gun unattended in an elementary school bathroom.

KTAB/KRBC reports that Superintendent Robby Stuteville submitted his resignation Monday.

Last week, Superintendent Stuteville admitted that in January, a third-grade student found his gun in the bathroom at Rising Star Elementary School. The student notified a teacher immediately without moving or touching the weapon.

Stuteville said that both he and the school principal openly carry a firearm on campus.

The superintendent said that when he was using the restroom, he took the gun off and placed it in a stall. About 15 minutes later, it was found by the student.

The student returned to the classroom and notified the teacher, who sent a second student into the bathroom to confirm it was a real gun.

“There was never a danger other than the obvious,” Stuteville asserted.

Rising Star Police Chief Don Braly said authorities began investigating the incident last week after his office was notified.

Rising Star is about 50 miles southeast of Abilene. The district has about 190 students.

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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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