Medford Superintendent to Retire Early Over Gun Magazine Incident

The superintendent in Medford, Massachusetts will retire two months earlier than planned after a school committee meeting Tuesday night.

The school committee deliberated for more than four hours before reaching a decision about Roy Belson.

This comes after students returned to classes Tuesday morning after delayed communication about a loaded gun magazine recently sparked outrage among parents.

The school district canceled classes Monday so that teachers and staff could discuss talking points for the students after it was recently revealed that a gun magazine was discovered in the auditorium of John J. McGlynn Sr. Middle School in December. After a sweep of the school, no gun was found.

Tuesday night's decision wasn't easy or rushed, and it ended with a standing ovation for Belson, which was a far cry from last week when parents were outraged over the shocking revelation.

"The goal now is to move the community forward and fill in the gaps that may have been here security-wise," said Belson at the meeting.

When Belson met with parents last week, he took responsibility for the failure to notify police or parents for seven weeks.

While the investigation continues, Principal Jake Edwards remains on administrative leave.

The school committee also voted Tuesday night to approve a security audit and to put procedures in place to better outline reporting procedures should something like this happen again.

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