Principal Greg Schillinger said an inoperable firearm was found near a dumpster at Rutland High School on Feb. 6.
Schillinger sent a letter to parents on Feb. 6, explaining the gun appeared to be left over the weekend.
“The hunting rifle was broken, rusted and appears to be very old,” Schillinger said.
Schillinger said the Rutland City Police were contacted and removed the gun from campus.
“Rutland City PD confirmed that it is not functional and have begun the investigation into where it came from,” Schillinger said.
“While the presence of a firearm near school is cause for concern, the situation did not pose a threat to school community safety.”
Schillinger said the investigation is ongoing.
“This serves as a good reminder of our district’s initiative: if you see something, say something,” Schillinger said.