Indian River schools release name of teacher who took rifle from student

Quick actions by a science teacher in Jefferson County averted a potential school shooting at an Upstate New York high school Wednesday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says police were called to Indian River High School in Philadelphia, New York just before 1:00 p.m. with reports that a teen had brought a rifle into the school.

Deputies say the student snuck the weapon into the school in a case, and opened it at the end of a class. Robert Kuba, who teaches chemistry and biology at the school, noticed and immediately secured the weapon. Kuba also coaches basketball and track at Indian River.

The school went into lockdown and police were called and the student was taken into custody.


efferson County Undersheriff Paul Trudeau said Thursday that the investigation into the incident is continuing. The Sheriff's Department is currently re-interviewing the student, who's identity is not being released. Detectives are also interviewing witnesses to the incident.

Any pending Charges against the 15 year old will be done in consultation with the county District Attorney because of the student's age.

Yesterday, the Sheriff's Department said "the student had a detailed plan that was put into motion several months prior."

When asked to elaborate, Undersheriff Trudeau said that part of the plan was put in writing, which gave details of "what he was going to do, when he was going to do it, and how he was going to do it."

The department says the 15 year old "acted alone."

The child's parents are also being interviewed to see if they knew anything about the situation.