Police Arrest Student Who Pulled Out Unloaded Airsoft Gun On School Bus

Student charged with Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds, Carrying a Facsimile Firearm, and Breach of Peace, police say.


This information is from the Madison Police Department:

On October 18, 2012 at 0803 hours, Madison Police Department was notified by the administration at Daniel Hand High School that a student at the school had been found in possession of a facsimile firearm on the school property.  School administrators and security personnel had identified the student and removed the facsimile firearm from his possession as the police were notified.

Madison Police Patrol and Criminal Investigation personnel responded to the school.  The investigation revealed that a 14 year-old male student had shown the facsimile firearm, which was an “Airsoft” style pistol, to other students on a school bus.  One student who had seen the firearm alerted a parent who notified the school.  There were no injuries, and the investigation revealed that the firearm was unloaded. 

Madison Police arrested the student and charged him with Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds, Carrying a Facsimile Firearm, and Breach of Peace.  He was released to the custody of his parents and will appear at the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters in New Haven. 

Authorized by Commander John J. Rich

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Joan October 22, 2012 at 12:48 PM
of course
Harriet October 22, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Joan, this conversation appears to be going nowhere. I am posting separately to avoid being over the character limit the full text of the section of the law that makes mandatory an expulsion hearing for possession of a deadly weapon, which an air soft pistol is defined to be. If you don't agree with the law, fine, but it isn't a question of whether there should be in or out of school suspension, rather it is a question of whether the mandatory expulsion applies, which rides on whether the student has no other suspensions or expulsions, which, frankly is none of our business. I agree that it is best to keep kids in school in general; all I'm pointing out is that the law does require an expulsion hearing in this case.
Harriet October 22, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Sec.10-233d Expulsion of pupils (a)(2) Expulsion proceedings pursuant to this section, except as provided in subsection (i) of this section shall be required whenever there is reason to believe that any pupil (A) on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity, was in possession of a firearm, as defined in 18 USC 921, as amended from time to time, or deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or martial arts weapon, as defined in section 53a-3, (B) off school grounds, did possess such a firearm in violation of section 29-35 or did possess and use such a firearm, instrument or weapon in the commission of a crime under chapter 952, or (C) on or off school grounds, offered for sale or distribution a controlled substance, as defined in subdivision (9) of section 21a-240, whose manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription, dispensing, transporting or possessing with intent to sell or dispense, offering, or administering is subject to criminal penalties under sections 21a-277 and 21a-278. Such a pupil shall be expelled for one calendar year if the local or regional board of education or impartial hearing board finds that the pupil did so possess or so possess and use, as appropriate, such a firearm, instrument or weapon or did so offer for sale or distribution such a controlled substance, provided the board of education or the hearing board may modify the period of expulsion for a pupil on a case by case basis, and as provided for in subdivision (2) of subsection (c) of this section.
Jim Williams October 22, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Matt & anyone else out there, PLEASE acknowledge that you will report your local drug trafficking information inside our town's High School. PLEASE do the right thing and get a financial award as appreciation if you want too. Call the Connecticut Narcotics Trafficking Hotline, Phone: (800) 443-7847. Offered in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and your local police. Seeks information about illegal drug trafficking, including marijuana growing, in Connecticut. Both state and federal authorities can pay a reward (a percentage of the value of forfeited property)... or DEA direct (203) 579-5591 or New England Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association drug tip hotline (888) 263-6362. Any of these contacts will direct your information to the best proper agency for a drug trafficking investigation with enforcement action. You'll feel good about yourself for standing up and doing the right thing.
Thomas October 25, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Wow! Seriously? It's common sense not to take anything resembling an actual firearm to a school or on a bus. It can easily be confused for something else and can escalate. People need to educate themselves and realize the harm they are going to do in their actions. I found a lot of info here: http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-info.htm.


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