Thursday, October 20, 2005

Teens charged for pellet gun -West Central High School students may face expulsion

BIGGSVILLE - Two West Central High School boys were charged with aggravated battery Friday after they reportedly shot three girls with an Airsoft pellet gun in the parking lot before the start of school that day.
The girls were not injured, and the two boys were arrested without incident.
A passer-by saw the boys with the gun and called police. They immediately ordered Superintendent Ralph Grimm to put the West Central Elementary and High School buildings under lockdown, which lasted for about 30 minutes.
The boys, ages 15 and 16, are from Biggsville. Both appeared with their parents before Judge Richard Gambrel Friday afternoon. Gambrel ordered the two placed under house arrest until their next court appearance, slated for Nov. 2 in Henderson County Juvenile Court.
Airsoft guns shoot 6mm plastic pellets. The guns are often realistic looking, but have a blaze orange muzzle to distinguish them from real firearms.
In a letter to district parents Monday, Grimm said he wanted to comment on rumors surrounding the incident. Grimm said no drugs were involved nor were drug dogs brought to the school after the incident.
"The situation was contained in the parking lot immediately to the east of the bus garage on the North Campus," he said.
The School Board will meet in closed session at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss student discipline. Grimm said while state law gives the district the option of expelling students, the law is subject to interpretation whether the district is required to expel students who have a weapon on school grounds.

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