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District statement regarding incident on school vehicle

Please see below to read a message from LaFayette Central School District Superintendent Jeremy Belfield regarding an incident that took place on a school vehicle on the morning of Nov. 8, 2017. This message was transmitted to district families and staff members via the SchoolMessenger notification system.

Dear LaFayette School Community:

On Nov. 8, 2017, the district became aware of an incident that took place on one of its school vehicles. A driver was transporting a student to a school program. The student, who was the only passenger in the vehicle at the time, noticed that the driver had a concealed handgun. The student used a cell phone to notify a school staff member that the driver was in possession of a handgun. School administration and law enforcement were immediately notified. When the driver arrived back on school grounds, I met the driver, along with a law enforcement officer. The driver was unaware that it is illegal to possess a weapon on school grounds and gave the firearm and a concealed carry permit to the law enforcement officer. It is against state law for an individual to possess a gun on school property and the matter has been referred to law enforcement for further action.

The driver was employed with the district since 2011 and was in good standing up until this incident. The driver is no longer working for the district.

While an incident of this nature can be alarming, it is also an opportunity to remind parents, students, and staff of the importance of maintaining a safe and secure learning environment. If you or your child ever witness or hear about a weapon brought onto school property, please report the information to a school employee immediately.

Due to student and staff privacy rights, the district is unable to offer any additional information or details related to this issue. If you have any concerns regarding the safety of students, please feel free to contact me at 315-529-9550 or

Jeremy Belfield
Superintendent of Schools
LaFayette Central Schools
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Jeremy Belfield

5955 Route 20 West
LaFayette, NY 13084
Phone: 315-677-9728
315-677-3372 FAX

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