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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Police investigate kids with air guns in two school incidents

JUNEAU - Police questioned two sixth-graders and one seventh-grader at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School after finding two air guns on campus Wednesday.

The school was shut down during the morning of the investigation. It reopened later in the day, according to school and law enforcement authorities. No one was injured.

The seventh-grader, an unidentified minor, was taken to the Johnson Youth Center.

Two "air soft" guns, plastic weapons propelled by carbon dioxide, were confiscated. The school resumed normal activities at 11:10 a.m.

It was the second weapons alarm in as many days at a local school.

A Mendenhall River Community School fifth-grader was reported to have brought a BB pistol to school Tuesday morning. Police said no one was harmed.

"They found it at the end of the day," said Police Sgt. Dave Campbell. "Him and another student, a friend of his, were roughhousing around with it."

Everyone involved was interviewed, authorities said.

No one wanted to press charges, said Campbell. School administrators, rather than law officers, were deciding on disciplinary action in the elementary school incident.

Last update: 5:00 p.m., 9 May, 2007

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