Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Airsoft gun at school causes lockdown

A 14-year-old student at Bellevue's Highland Middle School was released to his father and is expected to be expelled from classes after a replica of a gun was found in his backpack Wednesday.

Police were called to the school at 15027 N.E. Bellevue-Redmond Road just after 10 a.m. after a student told a teacher about another student who was believed to have a pistol in a backpack.

The school went into lockdown.

The principal contacted the student, secured a backpack and detained the student.

A silver Airsoft pistol, found in the backpack, was turned over to police. The required orange markings on the barrel, intended to quickly identify it as not being a real gun, had been removed, police said.

The student is not believed to have made threats, and because the device was not an actual firearm and no assault occurred, no charges are anticipated, although the student is expected to be expelled for violating school-weapons regulations, police said.

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