Robbinsdale Area Schools

Media statement dispelling rumors regarding Plymouth Middle School incident

Dear Robbinsdale Area Schools families and staff,

The following statement will be shared with the media in an effort to dispel rumors. We wanted to make sure you had this information also.

Additional information will be shared with Plymouth Middle School families tomorrow about plans for returning to in-person learning on Thursday.

Robbinsdale Area Schools statement to the media 

On Monday, April 26, a student brought a loaded gun to Plymouth Middle School and discharged multiple shots toward the hallway ceiling shortly before the first hour of classes began. Thankfully, no one was injured, though a number of people witnessed the incident. 

Kim Royston, an Assistant Principal at Plymouth Middle School, was the first building administrator to arrive in the area where the incident occurred, but didn’t disarm the student. 

According to the Plymouth Police Department, school staff and the School Resource Officer quickly responded to the incident, and by the time they encountered the student, the student was unarmed and compliant.

“Yesterday was one of the most difficult days of my career as an educator,” said Mr. Royston. “Everything happened so quickly, that I didn’t have time to think about what I would do. I saw the gun, I instructed him to drop it and ran to the spot where the shots had been fired. I’m so thankful that no one was hurt.” 

The incident is still under investigation by the District and the Plymouth Police Department.