Student arrested after toy gun incident
Update, 12:25 p.m.
A seventh-grade student at Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring accidentally shot another student with an airsoft gun Thursday morning, a Montgomery County police spokesman said.
"A middle school student was showing the gun to a friend in the stairwell and it went off accidentally," said Corporal Dan Friz, a police spokesman. He said that airsoft guns were toy guns that shoot plastic pellets; this one shot pellets about the size of a pea.
The pellet hit a passing student in the belly and left a welt, and the student's parents asked that he be taken to the hospital to be checked out.
The security officer at the school responded to the incident, confiscated the toy gun and called the police at 8:50 a.m., Friz said. Once a police officer arrived, he placed the student under arrest; the student has been charged with second-degree assault, Friz said.
It is against policy to carry anything that looks like a gun onto school property, even toys, said Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the Montgomery County schools. He said that both the shooter and the student who was shot were in the seventh grade.
-- Michael Birnbaum
A seventh-grade student at Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring shot another student with an airsoft gun Thursday morning, a spokesman for the Montgomery County schools said.
"He had one of these airsoft guns, and it went off and hit another grade seven student," said Dana Tofig, a schools spokesman.
The student who was shot was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure and is fine, and the device was confiscated and police called at 8:50 a.m., Tofig said. He said he was not sure whether the gun had been aimed or if the hit was accidental, but he said that it is against policy to carry anything that looks like a gun onto school property. Airsoft guns are lower-powered than BB guns and use plastic pellets, not metal ones.
The incident happened during the school day, Tofig said, but he did not know whether it had taken place in a classroom or in a hallway during a transition time between classes.
-- Michael Birnbaum
Montgomery County police say a middle school student shot another student with a BB gun Thursday morning.
Police spokeswoman Angela Cruz says a call came in at 8:50 a.m. about a student who was shot at Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring.
Cruz says the student who was shot suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. She says police found the gun and detained the other student who shot it.
-- Associated Press
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| May 6, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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