Ogden boy praised after reporting dropped, loaded handgun at school

Jan 22, 2020, 12:40 PM
Police and school officials in Ogden say a boy did the right thing by getting an adult when he found a loaded gun lying outside the school. (Photo: Mindy Ostberg)
(Photo: Mindy Ostberg)

OGDEN, Utah — Police and school officials say a boy did the right thing by getting an adult when he found a loaded handgun at school, right outside the building.

Mindy Ostberg had just dropped her girls off at Odyssey Elementary School Wednesday morning when a boy tapped on her car window. He told her he found a gun by the kitchen door.

“He took me to where he found it,” Ostberg said. “But the whole time walking over there he was nervous to talk to me, because he said he was not supposed to talk to strangers. I told him sometimes you have to, and that it was okay.”

Ostberg made sure no one came near the gun, and she called 911. The principal also came out.

“Once I found out it was actually loaded, it freaked me out,” she said. “Anyone could have picked it up and played with it, and that could have been the end of it. That could have been my kid. That could have been the end of my kid.”

Police still investigating handgun at school

Ogden police say the gun was a Ruger Mark II handgun.

The Ogden School District said there was never a threat to students. However, they said any weapon at school is danger.

The district released a statement Wednesday writing, “We commend the student and the parent for their awareness and vigilant dedication to school safety. Their actions helped protect themselves and all others at the school.”

Ogden police are reviewing surveillance footage to see how the weapon got there. CSI is processing the gun, and confirm it is an ongoing investigation.

“The gun did not come up as stolen, and we are trying to find the owner,” Lt. Brian Eynon said.

Officials say boy did the right thing

Eynon praised the boy for getting an adult instead of dealing with the problem on his own.

“Parents, teach your children that it’s a machine,” he said. “It’s not going to do anything unless you handle it.”

The district said people should say something if they see something: “We will continue to educate our community about the importance of that simple phrase and to encourage a culture of student safety.”

Last year, the Utah Attorney General’s office launched a campaign for schools to teach students what to do when they come across a gun. It’s called “L.E.T.S. Stay Safe.”  The videos and handouts all share the same message: if you come across a gun, don’t touch it, and get an adult.

Roughly four in 10 Utah households have a firearm.


See also:

Utah has new firearm safety campaign for kids and teens

Today’s Top Stories


The Utah Highway Patrol says that if you get into an accident while driving in snow, move the car t...
Simone Seikaly

What to do after a fender bender in snowy weather?

The Utah Highway Patrol said that, in all cases, safety is the main priority. If it's safe to do so, move your car to a shoulder or off-ramp.
18 hours ago
Flowers and stuffed animals are lined up outside a sign along Pullman Road in Moscow, Idaho, to pay...
Elizabeth Wolfe and Eric Levenson

University of Idaho students return from break, no arrests in homicides

After more than two weeks since four students were fatally stabbed, students at the University of Idaho returned to class on Monday.
18 hours ago
Photo of a Utah highway petrol vehicle...
Mark Jones

More than 1,500 motorists stopped for speeding over Thanksgiving weekend

The Utah Highway Patrol says more than 1,500 motorists were pulled over for speeding during the Thanksgiving weekend.
2 days ago
snow on a mountain in utah pictured falling on a road...
Adam Small

Latest snow on Utah roads prompts police to encourage safe driving

As snow falls in Utah, police are urging drivers to maintain safe distances and practice caution regardless of how much snow falls this season.
2 days ago
A teacher at the school reported shots fired to police, however, Granite School District confirmed ...
Chandler Holt

False alarm of reported shots fired near Granger Elementary

Reported shots fired were loud noises from a science experiment in another classroom, Granite School District confirmed.
2 days ago
Authorities in Washington County are investigating the discovery of the body of a 36-year-old man e...
Devin Oldroyd

SB I-15 lanes in Washington Co. reopen after closure

Utah Highway Patrol reports the partial closure of a portion of southbound I-15 in Washington County. This comes after a trailer rolled Sunday evening.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
Ogden boy praised after reporting dropped, loaded handgun at school