No threats made

Student suspended for bringing pellet gun to school

By Juliette Laaka | Jan 24, 2014
Source: RSU 40 website A student at Prescott Memorial School in Washington was suspended for bringing an Airsoft pellet gun to school Jan. 21. No threats were made, said a police report.

Washington — A student at Prescott Memorial School has been suspended for bringing a pellet gun to school Jan. 21 and showing the replica firearm on a bus, according to police.

No threats were made, said a report.

Knox County Sheriff's Office Deputy Paul Pinkham was contacted by Principal Christina Wotton who explained the situation and passed on information provided by a parent who heard their child talking about the incident.

The student has been suspended pending the next school board meeting Thursday, Feb. 6, when an expulsion hearing will be reviewed.

Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said deputies will go to the school and talk to students Friday, Jan. 24.

"The school has handled this as soon as they discovered what had happened. This air soft gun shoots plastic pellets. We need to encourage our children to tell someone they trust when they see something that may not be right," Dennison said in an email.

Wotton said students' safety is her top priority, and added a letter was sent home to parents about the incident.

Wotton said 100 students from kindergarten to sixth grade attend the school.

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