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October 25, 2014

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Student faces discipline for allegedly taking BB gun to elementary school

A student who took a BB gun to an elementary school Thursday could be suspended or expelled, even though he had no malicious intent, Clark County School District officials said.

A staff member at Earl Elementary School in the southwest valley discovered the gun on the student and alerted school administrators, according to Clark County School District Police spokesman Ken Young.

The student had no malicious intent in bringing the BB gun to campus, Young said.

“It was a case of a young kid being silly,” he said.

The student was removed from campus and the BB gun was confiscated, according to a letter sent home to parents on Friday.

In the letter, Principal Gina Harvey wrote that “appropriate legal and disciplinary action will be taken,” which, according to School District policy, could include suspension or expulsion.

The School District would not elaborate, citing student privacy laws.

Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about school safety and regulations, district officials said.

The School District has a zero-tolerance policy regarding firearms on campus. BB guns and pellet guns are considered weapons by the School District and courts.

Since July, School District Police have confiscated 15 BB and pellet guns from students on Clark County school campuses, Young said.

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