Sheriff Clarifies Report of School Incident

Here is the original statement published earlier Wednesday by The Journal:

“At approximately 2:50 p.m. on September 24, 2019 as buses were loading, a teacher at Red River Elementary School was alerted that something was in a Kindergarten student’s backpack.

The teacher immediately took the child and backpack to the School Resource Officer (SRO). The SRO alerted administration and the backpack was searched. A toy gun, commonly found in stores, was confiscated. An investigation began at approximately 3:00 p.m. on September 24, 2019.

At no time was any student or faculty in danger.”

Then at mid-afternoon the Sheriff’s Office provided this clarification:

Note: “This information was provided to clarify information being circulated concerning the event and reassure those concerned that at no time were students in immediate danger. The toy gun is commonly referred to as an “air soft” pistol. It is designed to propel small non-lethal plastic projectiles by compressed air. It was not loaded and no projectiles were found. At no time was the gun pointed at anyone and there was no indication of harmful intent. Due to the age of the student, the incident is not criminal and the school system is conducting the aforementioned investigation and is taking necessary corrective action.”

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