Police are seeking charges against a 13-year-old whose actions triggered a lockdown at Foster Elementary School.
According to police, the incident began on Oct. 10 at 3:10 p.m. when a teacher saw a person wearing a ski-type mask, camouflage hat, and hooded sweatshirt walk past the school. The teacher then saw the person remove a black gun from his pocket and run into the woods.
Numerous officers, including several who were working details nearby, responded to the school and surrounding areas as the school went into lockdown. Although the incident was after school dismissal time, many staff and students were present for after-school activities.
Officers quickly located three teens in a yard on a nearby street behind the school. Further investigation lead officers to a black air soft gun and black and camouflage facemask that had been discarded in the yard.
Police said the black air soft gun is a replica Sig Sauer black semi-automatic handgun. Though it has a small orange plastic tip on the end of the barrel, the instrument is designed to be the same size and shape of an actual handgun.
A teen whose clothing matched the witness’s description was transported back to the school and identified by the teacher who initially saw him.
The school lockdown ended at 3:30 p.m. once officers confirmed there was no threat.
One mother who was on the school playground at the time of the incident told officers that one of the children she was accompanying said the teen pointed the gun before running into the woods.
The teen was driven from the school to the police station, where his parents picked him up. Based on the circumstances, statements from witnesses, the evidence found, and consultation with the District Attorney’s office, the teen will be summonsed to court.
The teen, whose name has not been released, will be charged with carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, assault with a dangerous weapon, minor in possession of a BB gun/air rifle, and disorderly conduct.