Student Admits to Bringing Replica Gun on Campus

By: Dan Rubin - Fri, 11 May 2012 15:00:12 -0800

SAN JOSE (BCN) -- A 15-year-old Independence High School student admitted to  bringing an Airsoft pistol onto campus Wednesday, an incident that prompted an hours-long school lockdown, police said today.
      
At 9:59 a.m. Wednesday, someone contacted police to report a male tucking a handgun into his clothing and walking on to the campus at 1776 Educational Park Drive.
      
In response, the school went into lockdown mode for about three and a half hours while police surrounded the campus and conducted searches for the suspect.
      
By the time the lockdown had lifted, police had still not found the gun.
      
But on Thursday, students at Independence High came forward and admitted to school officials that they knew the student who had brought the  Airsoft pistol onto school campus.
      
The 15-year old student was contacted by school officials and admitted to bringing the replica firearm onto campus the day before.
      
Police then went to the student's home to retrieve the gun, cited the student and released him to his parents. The student, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was also suspended from school.
      
Even though the gun is only a replica firearm that shoots pellets, brandishing and bringing any kind of weapon onto a school campus is still a crime.


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