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Authorities: Student Brought Pellet Gun into Walker Elementary School

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Video posted on social media of someone pulling a pellet gun out of a backback Video posted on social media of someone pulling a pellet gun out of a backback
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville City Schools say a student brought a pellet gun to Walker Upper Elementary School Wednesday, November 7.

A widely-shared social media video showing what appeared to be a regular pistol in-and-out of a backpack created a lot of concern about safety.

A note sent to parents Thursday, November 8, says the school system and the Charlottesville police are working with the student involved and that child's family.

Officials are reminding parents that pellet guns are not allowed in Charlottesville schools.

No one was hurt.


Message Charlottesville City Schools Sent to Families:

Dear Walker families:

All students are safe, but we wanted to give you an update about a situation we have resolved. As you may have heard, a video was posted on social media this morning showing the contents of a backpack at Walker School yesterday. We have investigated the matter, and we and the Charlottesville Police are working with the involved student and family.

Please discuss two items with your children:

  • While many people consider BB and pellet guns to be toys, they are NOT allowed in our schools. If you allow your child to have these items at home, please review safety and remind the child NOT to bring them to school.
  • Please also remind your children, “If you see something, say something.” We can address concerns and resolve matters much more quickly when students, families, and staff immediately report issues to our school administrators.

We will give our students an update on this matter, and we will continue to follow normal procedures today. Thanks for your understanding.