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Law enforcement: Toy guns becoming growing concern at area schools

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Sgt. Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is asking parents to monitor what their children are taking to school. (abc3340.com) Sgt. Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is asking parents to monitor what their children are taking to school. (abc3340.com)
Airsoft guns: (top-bottom) M24 precision shot rifle, Glock 17 gas blow back pistols, and AK47 Beta Spetsnaz Airsoft Electric Gun. (AP) Airsoft guns: (top-bottom) M24 precision shot rifle, Glock 17 gas blow back pistols, and AK47 Beta Spetsnaz Airsoft Electric Gun. (AP)
A Daisy BB gun designed to look like a real gun. (AP) A Daisy BB gun designed to look like a real gun. (AP)

In response to an increasing number of incidents of guns being found on area campuses, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is asking parents to closely monitor what their children are taking to school.

Sgt. Randy Christian said in a media release that the Sheriff's Office School Resource Division has responded to three reports of guns at school in a span of three days last week (Jan. 15-Jan. 17). In each case, investigators found the weapons brought on campus by students were toy guns.

On Wednesday, deputies were notified of four students being shot with a pellet gun by classmates ages 12, 13 and 14.

January 15:  A student reported to the principal at a Jefferson County High School that another student had been seen placing a gun in their pocket. The student reported as having the gun was located and taken to the school office. When asked if they had a gun, they produced a toy pistol from their pocket. No threats were ever made to other students or faculty.

January 16:  The principal at a Jefferson Count Middle School received an anonymous tip that there was student on campus with a gun. The student was identified and taken to the school office. The student was found to be in possession of a toy gun and said it was brought to school so they could show their friends. No real weapons were found. No threats were made to other students or faculty.

January 17:  At another Jefferson County Middle School, the principal notified the School Resource Deputy that there was a student on campus who might have a gun. The student was removed from his class and taken to the school office. The student was found to be in possession of a cigarette lighter made to look like a gun. No threats were made to other students or faculty.

January 22:  While on the bus waiting to leave school, a 12-year-old male student produced an Airsoft-type BB gun and shot another student. He then passed the gun around to two other suspects, ages 13 and 14, who shot other students with it. Four students, ages 8, 10 and 11, were shot with the gun. The students who shot the victims said they were "just playing around."

In each of the cases, administrative disciplinary action is expected to be taken by the schools, according to the policy of the Jefferson County Board of Education.

No criminal charges will be brought against any of the students who possessed the toy guns.

 

 

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