Rapid City Principal Arrested For Showing Gun In “Threatening Manner”

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A Rapid City elementary school principal was arrested Monday after showing a firearm “in a threatening manner,” according to police.

49-year-old Daniel Janklow is the principal of Meadowbrook Elementary School. The incident happened last Monday.

Rapid City Police say they are working closely with Rapid City Area Schools.

“We are grateful for our working relationship with the Rapid City Area School District as collaboration is crucial during active investigations,” said Chief of Police Karl Jegeris in a statement. “Safety for the community is a shared goal of both the Rapid City Police Department and the School District, and we are glad the investigation resulted in a peaceful resolution.”

Authorities say the incident didn’t involve students or the school. Janklow is on administrative leave according to a statement from the district:

We are aware of the allegations and subsequent charges against Meadowbrook Elementary Principal Daniel Janklow. District leaders are in contact with Rapid City Police investigators.

As always, student and staff safety are, and will remain, of paramount importance. With that in mind, we want to make it clear that Mr. Janklow has not had contact with students since January 28th, when he went on leave for a reason unrelated to the police investigation. Rapid City Area Schools Human Resources staff are conducting an independent investigation, which is standard operating procedure. Currently, Mr. Janklow is on administrative leave. We cannot comment further on the criminal charges, nor will we comment on our investigation as this is a personnel matter.