Juneau police seize BB gun brought to school

Some realistic-looking BB guns have orange  muzzles to identify them as air pistols. Juneau Police seized two BB guns Monday from a 13-year-old boy who allegedly brought one to school. (Photo by Mulletar/Flickr Creative Commons)

Some realistic-looking BB guns have orange muzzles to identify them as air pistols. Juneau Police seized two BB guns Monday from a 13-year-old boy who allegedly brought one to school. (Photo by Mulletar/Flickr Creative Commons)

Authorities in Juneau are investigating a 13-year-old boy who allegedly brought a BB gun to school.

Lt. David Campbell says a concerned parent called Juneau police on Monday to report their son had seen another student with a pistol at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Officers interviewed the 13-year-old witness and contacted school administrators. Campbell says they served a search warrant at the suspect’s house later that night.

“They were able to identify that the pistol was in fact a BB gun,” he said. “It was seized pursuant to the search warrant. A second BB gun was also located and that was seized as well.”

Campbell could not release the boy’s name due to confidentiality laws. He was left with his parents, who decided both guns should be destroyed once the investigation is complete.

Campbell says the gun involved in the school incident looked like a real firearm.

“Some of these BB pistols are so realistic looking that people should just be very concerned, because somebody else might not understand that it’s not a firearm, and people could get involved in a situation,” Campbell said.

He says the boy could face reckless endangerment charges.

“The case now is being forwarded to the juvenile justice system, which in Juneau goes through the Johnson Youth Center,” he said.

Floyd Dryden Middle School Principal Tom Milliron could not discuss the specific case, but says district policy imposes an automatic 30-day suspension on students who bring BB guns to school.

(Note: This story has been updated with information from Floyd Dryden Middle School Principal Tom Milliron)

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