Delaware student arrested after bringing BB gun to school

With the nation still on edge following last week’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, school leaders at a Kent County school didn’t skip a beat, after learning one of its students might be carrying a gun.

Turns out the gun was a BB gun, but Delaware State Police arrested the 16 year old Lake Forest High School student, Thursday morning, charging him with carrying a concealed dangerous instrument — a misdemeanor.

According to police, the suspect told a student riding his bus he was carrying a gun and showed it to him. That prompted the student to tell a teacher, the teacher then alerted school administrators and the School Resource Officer, who detained the student minutes later.

In addition to the BB gun, the student was also carrying a clip loaded with BBs. Lake Forest Superintendent Dr. Dan Curry says despite the nature and the timing of the incident, he does not believe there’s a reason for alarm or reason to believe the teen brought it to do harm to anyone.

“These kinds of things do happen,” said Dr. Curry. “[It’s a] pretty common story when a student makes a bad decision like that.”

Dr. Curry says his staff followed standard procedure and did not handle things differently because of the current climate.

In addition to appearing before Kent County Family Court, Dr. Curry says the student is also subject to the district’s discipline code, which could mean a 10-day suspension, and possible expulsion, depending on the outcome of a hearing before the superintendent. Dates for both hearings have yet to be scheduled.

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