Friday, April 21, 2006

High school student cited over replica airsoft gun


High school student cited over replica gun
April 21, 2006

A Simi Valley High School student suspected of bringing a replica gun to campus has been cited, officials said Thursday.

The 15-year-old female was arrested, then released to her parent or guardian, the Simi Valley Police Department said. She is expected to appear in Juvenile Court on an undetermined date. Police are not disclosing her name because she is younger than 18.

The school district office was closed when police released information about the incident. It is unknown if the district took separate disciplinary action.

A Ventura County Sheriff's deputy was told that the teen had a firearm. The deputy called Simi Police Officer Arnold Baynard, who notified school officials and arrived just before 1 p.m. to detain the student. Baynard allegedly found an airsoft pistol that looked like a 9 mm Glock handgun in her pants pocket. It uses compressed air to shoot small plastic pellets, police said. It was not loaded. Police Lt. Paul Fitzpatrick held the toy gun and said it looked and felt like a real firearm.

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