Medford’s superintendent said he will retire early after a scandal involving a gun magazine found in a school that went unreported for months.
Members of Medford’s school committee held a closed door meeting Tuesday night, announcing that Superintendent Roy Belson will retire on April 30. He was originally supposed to retire in June.
“I care about the community and I want the community to work, and if this is what will do it, I’m on board,” said Belson.
The scandal started when parents learned that a loaded gun magazine was found at McGlynn Middle School in December and went unreported for almost two months. Parents said they should have been notified about the find.
Belson apologized for what happened, saying he did not believe the gun magazine represented a “clear danger.”
McGlynn’s principal has already been placed on paid administrative leave. The school committee said they are also discussing better security policies for Medford schools, including active shooter training and a school safety advisory committee.
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