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5/9/2013 4:51:00 PM
Fifth-grader charged after deputies find Airsoft gun on school bus
Many Airsoft BB-type pistols look and felt like an actual firearm.
Many Airsoft BB-type pistols look and felt like an actual firearm.
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A fifth-grade boy was charged Wednesday afternoon after Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies found an Airsoft BB-type gun in his backpack on a school bus in Dewey.

The 11-year-old boy, who attends school in Prescott Valley, was charged with interference/disruption of an educational institution and released to a Child Protective Services case worker for follow-up, YCSO Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

At 3 p.m., deputies answered a call about a student with a handgun on a school bus on Henderson Road in Dewey, after a student saw the gun and told his father who called the Sheriff's Office.

When deputies and DPS officers found the bus in a store parking lot in Mayer, they saw the suspect on the bus, looked inside his backpack and found the BB-type gun that looked and felt like an actual firearm, D'Evelyn said. The boy told deputies he mistakenly left the gun in his backpack after playing with it over the weekend.

While riding the bus, the boy said he found the gun in his backpack, told a fellow student he'd show him the gun if he would not tell anyone, then showed it to the other boy, saying he carried it "for protection," D'Evelyn said. The other boy thought the gun was real and told his father.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Article comment by: Derek Jolly

Does anyone understand that this is totally idiotic? The kid had a toy pistol. Might as well have been a nerf gun or a dart gun or a rubber band gun. For this you have County, State police, and Child Protective Services on him over it treating him like a little criminal. Ifís kid has something thatís not allowed on him, then a teacher or principle ought to confiscate it call the kidís parents, and suspend him for a day. Or stick him in detention for a couple of hours. Whatever. Then the parents take care of him. How is it with all this overreaction, having police involved, and all this pretense of victimization? What a load of nonsense! Shame on the boob who called the cops shame on getting CPS involved, shame on the cops for getting this aggressive with it, especially for charging the kid with anything at all. Itís a toy gun! How much stock does anyone put on some 10 year old kid talking about some other 10 year old kid having a gun? I mean really! this is all embarrassingly stupid and his nothing to do with safely. When I think of all the times I got hit in head with flying objects of all sorts when I was a kid in grade school, this is pretty low grade misbehavior.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: PV Parent

Are the parents helping this young man understand why this behavior is now unacceptable? Is he normally a good kid and honestly forgot?
I know our schools have zero-tolerance bullying policies put into place and they are very consistant with discipline that relates to weapons as well.
This write up needs more information so our kids understand they are safe and that the adults in their lives need to be obeyed.

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