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MacArthur Student Handed Weapons Charge Following Toy Gun Incident

Incident occurred Monday afternoon on bus ride from the elementary school.

The Alexandria Police Department charged a 10-year-old city resident with brandishing a weapon following an incident involving a toy gun Monday afternoon on a bus ride from Douglas MacArthur Elementary School.

Alexandria City Public Schools notified police of the incident Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the incident.

According to a release from ACPS, the student showed the toy weapon to other students during the bus ride.

Police officers went to the elementary school at 1101 Janneys Ln. early Tuesday morning and met with administrators before the student’s arrival.

Upon the fifth-grader's entrance into the school, the student was stopped and found to be in possession of a gun in his backpack, according to a release from the Alexandria Police Department.

Further investigation revealed the gun to be a toy replica weapon with an orange tip.

The student was taken into custody without incident and transported to juvenile intake.

"The safety of our students is always our first concern," ACPS Superintendent Morton Sherman said in a statement. "We appreciate the quick response and action by our police. The student is suspended from school. The school division will complete its investigation in cooperation with the police as we consider further disciplinary action, including expulsion. As always, we encourage direct communication from parents, including personal phone calls."

Concerned Citizen February 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Totally agree and we wonder why home schooling is growing.
Concerned Citizen February 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Again law passes without critical thinking skills. Hmm sounds like most of the ridiculous regulations and laws ruining our country.
Concerned Citizen February 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM
"Grab your torches and pitchforks". This gun debate has caused hysteria. Hysteria causes damage and harm. Hence a 10 yr old child arrested and jailed for a toy.
Adam Fox February 19, 2013 at 07:31 PM
KeepOurKidsSafe. I wouldn't let you come close to my kids even if you were a Pope. (maybe a bad analogy) Your ignorance is far more dangerous than any real gun in ten-year-old's hands.
Drew Hansen February 25, 2013 at 09:33 PM
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