No Criminal Intent

The Sheriff’s Office investigated an incident at Red River Elementary on Tuesday afternoon and determined there was no harmful intent.  As the busses were loading at the end of the day a kindergarten student was found to have something in a backpack.

A teacher and the School Resource Officer acted quickly and checked the child’s backpack.  A toy “air soft” pistol was found.  It was not loaded and there were no soft projectiles found in the backpack.

The student was referred to school officials for an investigation and corrective action, if necessary.

The Sheriff issued two statements confirming that at no time was any student or member of the faculty in any danger.   In addition, at no time was the pistol pointed at anyone.

The Journal observed that social media was ablaze on Wednesday with the story.  And it became more embellished as the day went along.  People reacted to the story and it spread like wildfire.  The language used became offensive and abusive. The Sheriff’s Office issued a second statement at mid-afternoon Wednesday because of the reports circulating about the incident.

Below are the two updates that the Journal posted on Wednesday at the request of the Sheriff’s Office, beginning with the original statement:

“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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