Police have charged a Model Middle School student with a weapons offense after finding a replica pistol on the child. The investigation occurred before the start of class and there is no indication that students were in danger.
The 13-year-old child has been charged with disruption of a public school, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and two counts of possession of a weapon in a school safety zone. The student was released to the custody of parents with a pre-trial supervision plan.
School officials received information overnight that the seventh grader had been in possession of a firearm at school earlier in the week. The student was pulled aside Friday morning for questioning about the information, and during the course of that investigation police found the replica pistol in the pants pocket of the child. The miniature replica was non-functioning as a firearm and had an obstructed barrel. A letter opener was also found and identified as a weapon.
There was no indication the child was bringing the gun to school on Friday. The stop by administrators was a follow up on information from one source. Police and school administrators depend on confidential information like this to maintain safety in schools and continue to encourage students and parents to notify schools and police about suspicious activity.