Unloaded Pellet Gun Found in Staunton School Locker
Jan 3, 2013 12:31 PM EST
A 13-year-old student in Staunton has been suspended for bringing a pellet gun to school Thursday.
But police and school officials stress that children were never in danger.
The weapon was an unloaded pellet pistol, inside a book bag in the student's locker at Shelburne Middle School.
Staunton superintendent Linda Reviea says the boy never made any threats, was not being bullied or threatened himself, and in fact said he brought the gun by mistake.
She says a Shelburne student told a teacher about seeing the pellet gun. That was at about 10 a.m. Thursday.
Less than 15 minutes later, several Staunton police officers were at Shelburne and a school official opened the suspect's locker and found the unloaded weapon still inside the book bag.
"Instruction really wasn't disrupted. We certainly would like to commend our staff at Shelburne and certainly the police department for acting swiftly and certainly taking the concern that was expressed by the student seriously," Reviea said.
Staunton schools' code of conduct calls for the student to be suspended for the rest of the year, pending a hearing with the school board.
Late Thursday afternoon, police said there will not be a criminal charge.
Shelburne Middle School students went home at the end of the day with a letter for parents, explaining the incident and how it was handled.
Staunton City Schools NEWS RELEASE
January 3, 2013
On this date at approximately 10:00 AM, school personnel received information that a student might be in possession of a firearm. School officials subsequently located an unloaded pellet gun inside a student's locker.
Personnel from the police department were also on the scene and secured the weapon.
The suspect was taken into custody and removed from the school. Disciplinary action for the student will be in accordance with the Staunton City Schools Student Code of Conduct.
The investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are pending.