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School Locked Down After “Gun Incident”

KSCB News - October 14, 2012 8:56 pm

Guymon Police investigated an incident on a Guymon School bus Tuesday in which a 9-year-old juvenile took an alleged loaded gun to Academy Elementary School. The gun turned out to be a toy. A Guymon Police Department incident report says that the father of an 8-year-old took his child to the Texas County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday and reported that his child saw another child pull out a gun on an Academy Elementary school bus the previous day. The child described a black gun with silver bullets in it. The child described a magazine that came out out of the gun, which contained the bullets. The juvenile reported that the other child showed the gun to him and another 9-year-old on the bus. Guymon Police were contacted and went to Academy Elementary, pulled the student out of class and placed the child in handcuffs. When asked where the gun was, the child first denied having a gun, then admitted it was in a backpack. Police searched the backpack and, finding no gun, Guymon School Superintendent Doug Melton decided to lock the school down. No gun was found, and the school was taken off lockdown. Police went to the child’s home and found what turned out to be a plastic cap gun. The toy belonged to the child’s older brother, and was in the brother’s old backpack. The child accidentally took the wrong backpack to school that day. The other juvenile witnesses said no threats were made. The report goes on to say the child did not knowingly take the toy gun to school, but once he discovered it in the backpack, the child showed it to friends, which became that he “Knowingly had the gun at school,” the report states. “The gun was all plastic and did function like a real gun and its appearance does look like a real gun.” The juvenile was released to their parents on a Juvenile Promise to Appear for violation of Oklahoma Statute 12890.1.A — Possession of a firearm on school property.

 

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