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5/9/2013 5:14:00 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, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: Read n ( tom) Write ( marzullo0

I also question "being charged".
Perhaps? the "charge should be leveled at the parent(s). In todays society, issues such as this should begin with parental education at home about the seriousness of issues such as this, being in the national spotlite as this issue is.
I am not saying "punish" anyone, but a bit of attention and education would be condoned.

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Article comment by: stephanie midkiff

This is my son and I don't have him right now , I haven't since Aug 2012, I know my kids and I know he wouldn't take a gun to school to harm anyone, I understand the seriousness of the matter, but he doesn't deserve to be charged with this

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: Cory Saz

Charged? Really? Come'on people get a grip. How about you set the boy down with his parents and talk to him about it, maybe give him extra chores for a week but let's not lose our minds over an air soft pistol.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: marc lehrmann

Those airsoft guns are way too real looking, i would not let my kids go out of the house with them, we even pack them up when we are on the way to the field.

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