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Students bring Airsoft, pellet guns to St. Lawrence Central School

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BRASHER FALLS - Two students who brought replica guns to St. Lawrence Central School on Monday had simply forgotten to take them out of their back packs after using them over the weekend, according to Superintendent Stephan M. Vigliotti Sr.

“This was an oversight by some kids as opposed to some grand scheme to hurt other kids. At this point we don’t have any reason to believe there was any malice,” Mr. Vigliotti said Monday afternoon.

Middle school Principal Christopher W. Rose had been notified by two students at about 10:20 a.m. that another student indicated he had an Airsoft pistol in his back pack, he said.

Airsoft guns are replica firearms that fire plastic pellets, paper balls and/or eraser chunks by way of compressed gas or electric and/or spring-driven pistons. These guns are designed to be non-lethal and to provide realistic replicas.

“As soon as Mr. Rose heard that, he went to the student’s locker and secured the pistol. Upon more investigation, it was revealed that another student had a pellet gun,” Mr. Vigliotti said.

“Apparently these two were together over the weekend at someone else’s house and forgot to take the stuff out before they came to school. The kids were together over the weekend doing what kids do and they inadvertently left them in their back packs. The second kid forgot he even had it. There were no threats made, nothing to that affect at all. They weren’t shown; they weren’t brandished,” he said.

A notice about the incident was posted on the district’s website Monday afternoon. It noted, “The authorities were contacted and appropriate action was taken. The students involved admitted to inadvertently forgetting to empty their backpacks before school. All students were reminded to be sure to only bring appropriate materials to school.”

Mr. Vigliotti said they would also be sending notes home to parents of students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 to advise them about the incident.

“We’re taking the appropriate action here that we have to take. It’s a good opportunity for us to review our safety plans and remind kids about what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate,” he said.

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