In the Onondaga Central School District, a school resource officer has resigned following an incident at Rockwell Elementary. Former Marcellus Police Chief and Town of Lysander supervisor Robert Wicks left his duty belt, which included a gun, in the school’s bathroom. The incident occurred on January 18 as Wicks was changing into civilian clothes after school hours.
A staff member discovered the forgotten belt and promptly reported it to the school principal and superintendent. Chief Bernard Podsiedlik of the Marcellus Police Department, overseeing the school resource officer program, confirmed the incident. He stated that Wicks acknowledged his mistake and its severity, leading to his resignation.
This incident prompted a policy change; school resource officers are now required to wear their duty belts to and from their school assignments, eliminating the need to change attire. This adjustment aims to prevent similar occurrences in the future and ensure school safety.
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