New Castle News

February 19, 2013

Boy facing charges for taking pellet gun to school

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — An 11-year-old could be facing criminal charges after taking an unloaded pellet gun to school.

New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem said officers were called to George Washington Intermediate Elementary School about 3 p.m. Thursday.

Salem said the fifth-grader had an unloaded, Airsoft pellet gun in his backpack. Salem said the boy told another student he had the gun. That student told a teacher, who took the boy and gun to building principal Joseph Anderson.

“It is up to the school if the student is to be dismissed,” Salem said.

However, he noted, police are considering the possibility of filing criminal charges because the student allegedly threatened another child with the gun.

“The school has a no-tolerance police when it comes to weapons and guns,” Salem said.

But the student who took the pellet gun to school never removed it from his backpack, the chief noted, and it was not loaded.

Salem said the gun is “less powerful than a bb gun, but if someone shot at someone, he could shoot his eye out, just like with a bb gun.”