West Haven Student Charged With Bringing Pellet Gun to School

The student showed the weapon to a classmate, according to police.

By Bob Connors
|  Friday, Jan 11, 2013  |  Updated 5:13 PM EDT
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West Haven Student Brought Pellet Gun to School: Cops

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A West Haven High School student was arrested Friday after bringing a pellet gun to the school.

A 17-year-old male student opened his book bag around 11 a.m.  and showed what appeared to be a gun to another student, according to West Haven police.  There were no threats made, and the weapon was not shown in a threatening manner, police said.

The second student went to a School Resource Officer and reported the weapon.  The SRO recognized the weapon was a pellet gun and arrested the student, charging him with possession of a facsimile firearm.

West Haven High Principal Pamela Gardner sent an email to parents after the incident.

"This incident did not cause a disruption to the school day nor was any student or staff member in danger at any time," Gardner's email said. "I am most appreciative of the students that informed us and of the response of our SRO's. Please know that the safety and security of all students and staff is a top priority."

The student was suspended and will be brought up for expulsion, according to the email.  He was taken to juvenile detention because of the seriousness of the charge, police said.

A spokesperson for the West Haven Police Department said officers were very proud of the student who spoke up about the weapon.

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