4 Smoky Hill High School employees placed on leave for handling of student with gun

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AURORA, Colo. -- Four Smoky Hill High School employees, including an assistant principal, were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into their handling of an incident involving a student with a gun off campus, according to a district spokesperson.

No one was harmed in the incident, a spokesperson for the Cherry Creek School District said and no further information about the incident were immediately available.

The employees placed on leave include: assistant principal Noah Harris, athletic director John Thompson, head wrestling coach Tommy Loyd and assistant coach and math teacher Jakob Fisher.

Smoky Hill Principal Chuck Puga sent an email to parents of students at the school informing them of the incident.

“This email is to inform you that four Smoky Hill employees have been placed on administrative leave regarding their handling of an alleged incident off campus involving a student in possession of a gun,” Puga’s email said.

The school is working with law enforcement regarding the incident.

Here is Puga's complete email he sent to parents:

Dear Smoky Hill Parents and Guardians,

This email is to inform you that four Smoky Hill employees have been placed on administrative leave regarding their handling of an alleged incident off campus involving a student in possession of a gun. No person was harmed in the incident. We are cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation and awaiting a determination. We want to let you know that those placed on administrative leave are:

• Assistant Principal Noah Harris
• Athletic Director John Thompson
• Head wrestling coach Tommy Loyd
• Assistant coach and Smoky Hill math teacher Jakob Fisher

The safety and security of our students is always our highest priority. We will provide more information when it is available.

Sincerely,
Chuck Puga
Principal of Smoky Hill High School

Student Dylan Heukels said he found it odd when Fisher, his math teacher, stopped coming to work the week before finals.

“He went from being at school every day to, all of a sudden, after a weekend, he just didn’t show up and nobody knew why," Heukels said.

The Aurora Police Department says it turned the case over to the district attorney’s office. The DA’s office won’t comment on an open investigation and no charges have been filed.

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