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February 3, 2014

Student not charged in toy gun incident

NEWBURYPORT — A Newburyport High School student is expected to be disciplined by school officials for allegedly leaving a toy gun inside his car parked at the school.

According to Newburyport police City Marshal Thomas Howard, another student noticed what turned out to be an Airsoft toy pistol inside the student’s car. After alerting officials, the student was tracked down and explained that the gun was a prop he used during an event in Salisbury. He told police he had left the toy gun in the car by accident. Since he did not bring the toy gun into school and it was not on his person, he was not charged by police.

A letter detailing the police involvement and the incident was sent to Newburyport High School parents Thursday afternoon by Principal Mike Parent.

“As disturbing as this situation was, I do not believe that other students, faculty or staff were in imminent danger. I don’t believe the student who had the Airsoft pistol in his vehicle had intent to use the pistol in school or against other students,” Parent wrote. “We must take situations like this very, very seriously and act with the utmost haste and diligence in determining the validity of information related to school safety. The general safety of our students, faculty, and staff is a paramount concern for all administrators in the realities of today’s society.”

A search of the car resulted in the seizure of two 30-pack cans of beer. The student was summonsed to Newburyport District Court on charges of person under 21 in possession of alcohol and possession of alcohol on school grounds.

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