HAILEYVILLE — Two students who were investigated in an incident involving a rifle fired on a high school campus gave "no good reason” for why the gun was fired, according to a police report reviewed Tuesday by The Oklahoman. Haileyville High School Principal Roger Hemphill said one of the two senior students, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, admitted firing the weapon in the air during the Feb. 11 incident near the agriculture building, according to Hemphill’s written witness statement. Another student at first said he also fired the .22-caliber rifle, but later admitted he was attempting to take some of the blame. The incident was not reported to police until "concerned parents” came forward Feb. 19, Police Chief Alan Epps wrote in the report. No one was hurt. A Haileyville police spokesman said Tuesday the police department turned over its report to District Attorney Jim Bob Miller and has not made any arrests. Miller did not return an e-mail or a phone message Tuesday seeking comment. He previously declined to confirm or deny an investigation was being conducted as a result of the incident. Nathan Cato, the school’s agriculture teacher, heard the shot and saw the students standing next to a pickup belonging to one of them, Cato wrote in his witness statement. He said he took the gun from them, told them to wait in his classroom and called Hemphill. Hemphill sent the students home and ordered them to see him in his office Feb. 16, he wrote in his statement. Hemphill took custody of the gun and took it to the house of a person whose name local authorities blacked out in the statement. The student who fired the gun was suspended for the rest of the school year, according to a form filed with the state superintendent’s office in compliance with a federal funding requirement. The other student was suspended for a week.
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