Seneca High School goes on lockdown after airsoft gun is seen - KOAM TV 7

Seneca High School goes on lockdown after airsoft gun is seen

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A teenager is in juvenile custody after police say he brought an airsoft pellet gun to school.  Seneca's police chief says the incident happened early this morning, after seven.  No threats were made, and no one was hurt, but police have still requested that charges be filed against the 15-year-old man.

The gun shoots metal pellets, and was brought to Seneca High School's parking lot.  The police chief says a student had borrowed the airsoft gun and was meeting someone at the parking lot to return it.  

The airsoft gun's orange cap at the end of the barrel was still on, but passers-by still worried enough to call police.  The high school was put on a brief lockdown.  Even though it's a "toy gun," Seneca's police chief has still requested a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

"There were some students in a car.  The muzzle of that weapon did sweep their car, did go past them.  He just kind of waved it around, in a non-threatening manner.  We are sending charges over.  You cant take a weapon to school, whether it be a toy guy or not, you cannot have it on school grounds," says Seneca Police Chief James Altic.

Police say the student was also carrying a pocket knife.

"There are no weapons allowed in schools.  That's more of a school violation, its not a criminal violation.  It wasn't a prohibited-length blade weapon, so right now under our city ordinances, he's fine, for the most part.  Shouldn't have weapons on school grounds, and however the school handles that, they'll handle that," says Altic.

The teenager was taken to Joplin's juvenile detention center.


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