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Custodian resigns after handgun found in EVSC middle school; offers apology

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An EVSC custodian has resigned from his position after his personal handgun was found in a middle school. 

The gun was discovered by an EVSC supportive services employee who was working on the HVAC system at Thompkins Middle School on Wednesday evening.

The service employee saw the gun on a pull-out computer keyboard drawer inside the school's boiler room, behind a locked steel door. He immediately notified his superior and the EVSC began its investigation.

The Evansville Police Department was also notified.

Officials say the gun is registered to Jordan Stone, a second shift EVSC custodian at Thompkins, who has a Personal Protection Permit to carry the handgun.

Stone told authorities that he'd forgotten to take it off when he entered the building around 2:40 p.m., so he hid it on the computer keyboard drawer in the boiler room.

Authorities say Personal Protection Permits do not give an individual the right to carry a firearm on any school property.

Stone sent 14 News a statement regarding the issue:

"First and foremost, I would like to apologize to my co-workers and the families that have children who attend Thompkins Middle School. I, in no way, shape or form had any intentions of bringing my firearm in the school. As much as I love my job and working for the EVSC, I recognize and understand the concern that parents may have with me working where their children attend school. I have resigned (from) my position in the EVSC. I made a mistake that I have to deal with and learn from. I'm hoping everyone can understand and be forgiving."

The investigation was turned over to the School Resource Officer Greg Brandenstein.

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