Officer faces allegation he let students handle gun By JOHN DIEDRICH [email protected] Posted: Jan. 16, 2008 A Milwaukee police officer is being investigated over an allegation that he let students handle his unloaded gun in a class at Whitnall High School this week, officials said Wednesday. The off-duty officer, who was not identified, was speaking to a social studies class on Monday and allowed students to handle his unloaded police gun, according to two school board members. Both said they were told an unloaded gun has been passed around in the past. Whitnall School Board President Julie Scheibe, who didn't know about the incident until a reporter contacted her Wednesday, said she hadn't talked to the teacher and social studies department chair, Brian Van Buren, but it needed to be reviewed. "I think it is something that needs to be looked into, and I am glad Milwaukee police are doing that," she said. "First and foremost is the safety of our students and anyone in the classroom. 'Crime in America' is an important class but it obviously needs to be done in a safe way." District investigating Van Buren, Whitnall principal Joel Eul and district superintendent Karen Petric did not return repeated phone calls Wednesday. At the end of the day, Petric sent a one-line e-mail indicating the district is looking into the matter. Anne E. Schwartz, Milwaukee police spokeswoman, confirmed an officer spoke at the school Monday, and that officials are reviewing a number of allegations. She said the officer, a 52-year-old who has been on the force 22 years, has not been suspended. Speaking in general about firearm safety and not about this case, Schwartz said new officers are taught never to give up their weapons. he let the kids handle his unloaded weapon someone could of been killed.