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5/9/2013 10:00:00 PM
Fifth-grader charged after deputies find Airsoft gun on school bus
Many Airsoft BB-type pistols look and felt like an actual firearm.
Many Airsoft BB-type pistols look and felt like an actual firearm.
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A fifth-grade boy was charged Wednesday afternoon after Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies found an Airsoft BB-type gun in his backpack on a school bus in Dewey.

The 11-year-old boy, who attends school in Prescott Valley, was charged with interference/disruption of an educational institution and released to a Child Protective Services case worker for follow-up, YCSO Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

At 3 p.m., deputies answered a call about a student with a handgun on a school bus on Henderson Road in Dewey, after a student saw the gun and told his father who called the Sheriff's Office.

When deputies and DPS officers found the bus in a store parking lot in Mayer, they saw the suspect on the bus, looked inside his backpack and found the BB-type gun that looked and felt like an actual firearm, D'Evelyn said. The boy told deputies he mistakenly left the gun in his backpack after playing with it over the weekend.

While riding the bus, the boy said he found the gun in his backpack, told a fellow student he'd show him the gun if he would not tell anyone, then showed it to the other boy, saying he carried it "for protection," D'Evelyn said. The other boy thought the gun was real and told his father.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Article comment by: Bob Feng

Gosh, stop this, airsoft guns aren't what you think they are. It's just that America's gun law sucks so much, that you are ALL afraid of guns. Good thing I live outside of the states. And I bought my son one of these, they shot fairly far, for a cheap toy. Didn't even hurt a soul, just put on eye protection. Yeah, I think you people are just really weak and overreactive...

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: arp schnitger

"The 11-year-old boy was charged with interference/disruption of an educational institution and released to a Child Protective Services case worker for follow-up,"

Good grief!

What a stupid waste of tax dollars.

This should have been handled by the school and the parents.


Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: tired of it all

There we go! Since the child was on a school bus and was charged with "interference/disruption of an educational institution", and it WAS A SCHOOL BUS not a school, we have just solved the teaching problem! Make school bus drivers teachers, then the district can save money! Win win!!!!!

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Boris Tudeth

"Its all fun and games 'till someone gets his eye shot out."

- A Christmas Story


Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Zig E.

To An American - They shoot little tiny plastic orange BB's. Not near as hard as a real BB but hard enough for my kid to dent the refrigerator door with little pock marks. And yes - way overreaction. Make his parents come to school and give them the toy and him some suspension time. Maybe they need to start teaching a class in common sense.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Sad Parent

This article saddens me greatly. What happened to our sense of reasonableness? I had a very similar incident happen to my son almost 15 years ago (not in Prescott). The police weren't called but the school authorities were. My son was expelled for having that toy gun (that looked less real than the one pictured here). Because of district rules regarding expulsion, I was forced to move to another town. Expulsion prohibits a child from attending any school within the district. The consequences to our whole family were immense over an inadvertent mistake. The home I had worked so hard to purchase as a single mom sat vacant for almost 6 months waiting for a sale and had a long-term financial impact. Please find some reasonableness and let the punishment fit the act!

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Foolish is as foolish does

Kid with a bb gun. Oh my gosh, I hope the SWAT team was rolled out. I actually remember when school administrators and cops actually showed common sense. It's been a long time since that has been true. What do you want to bet he gets more time than the seemingly endless sex offenders that are given probation by the local "justice system"?

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: An American

The "BB-Type" disclaimer is interesting, I thought "Air Soft" toys fired foam projectiles, and the required orange tip should be a give away to anyone with a lick of sense.

And the gun grabbers think we are the crazy ones....


Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Stop Defending!

Kid with a weapon, albeit, beebee gun? In this day and time? What is it with all you gun nuts that approve? Parents, step up!

Lived in AZ all my life, 70 years, cowboys, indians, cops, robbers...give me a break.

No kid I went to school with put a weapon near a school or anywhere other than the "open range" for target practise.

Drug users, drug addicted parents without values, integrity, no responsibility or accountability for their actions. YIKES! Scary.

Parents that are not role models, nor have a clue how to lead by example let alone parent, have no integrity, honesty, zero tolerance for breaking the law, yet hold the responsibility. OMG!

Of course there are some parents/children that this does not apply. Where do you apply yourself?



GONE! ALL GONE!!


Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Sign of the Times

Lop this one in with all the other craziness going on in the USA!

Is this kid the next Boston "bomber", Tucson mass murderer, Jodi Arias, justa kid making bombs in his closet, carrying a weapon in his backpack?

Stop with the no problem, justa kid stuff
The USA is no longer a safe place...stop with the other countries are worse replies.

USA citizens never settled for this kind of nonsense!...but their brains were not fried with drugs, mellowed out with harmless pot! Think about it.

YOU have allowed the USA to become shameful with your drugs are ok, no problem, legalize it, attitude. How is that working for you?

Now that the USA is closely to becoming 3rd world, drug ridden, no value of human life, rich overtaking the poor, dopers promoting legalizing drugs and gaining as medical issue, gun and ammunition hoarder/nutcakes, sit back and keep puffing/huffing!

Just remember, you get what you project and deserve, you reap what you sow.

Welcome all illegals and give them amnesty...that does't help your cause.

Thanks Universe! I had the best of what the USA had to offer, appreciated it and upheld it...God speed to the rest of you drug fanatic misguided folks.

Too bad you druggers cannot enjoy the USA as I knew it! Ta Ta whatever!


Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Wise Up!

If ever anyone -- regardless of age -- points a 'toy' gun at an officer trust me he/she will be shot! These days especially its not wise to play the 'pretend' game.

BB guns can do harm.





Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Contradiction ...

So.....forgot that it was in his backpack or showed it off as parents let him carry for protection???

This contradiction bothers me.



Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Seriously Now

Looks and feels like a real gun??? Ever wonder why they put orange tips on the barrels of the TOY guns. Perhaps one of you left-wing liberals will tell me exactly which make & model of airsoft BB guns are regulated by BTAF.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: ziglviet b schtoonk

@A DISSENTING OPINION

It's not a BB-Gun, and no more dangerous that a super-soaker.

More ridiculous theater.


Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Give it a rest

Do any of you actually know how to read? It says he was charged, not arrested.

I'm sure the punishment will be something minimal like a few hours of community service or something and the charge will be "cleared" from his record when he turns 18. The fact is that he "disrupted an educational institution" when he brought a realistic looking toy gun to school.

I'm sure this kid will learn his lesson and other kids will hopefully see it as an example to leave anything threatening or resembling threatening at home. Nobody will be seriously impacted in the long run. Give it a rest.


Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: joe peep

"The other boy thought the gun was real and told his father." What a dumb kid. Why hasn't his parents educated him on firearms? this is why you hear about kids being expelled for pointing their fingers and saying bang. Ridiculous.


Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Areyou Kiddingme

This is ridiculous! this is a child who forgot he had a BB gun in his backpack. A BB gun could be considered a weapon if it was used in an incident such as an armed robbery. It is NOT a weapon if an 11 year old child forgets it in his backpack and takes it to school. I am a retired police officer and the lack of common sense of applying the law in this country is alarming!

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Soft Pellets

See what happens when you take your air soft to scare off the Javelinas on your way to the bus stop . ( true story happened to a friends kid who got chased by them , and the airsoft was quit effective at getting the herd to scurry away and did not hurt them a bit ) maybe this happened here too ? The majority of these bustops are not safe, especially in the winter months when its still dark at the time most kids have to be there to catch the bus . I suppose the district could put an armed person at all bus stops since they are saving money and laying off teachers ?

Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Article comment by: A DISSENTING OPINION

@ "that our officials"

For your comment "How many terrorist have they caught prior to anyone being killed. ZERO!! ", you are way off base. There have been several known successful intercepts, and likely MANY more that have not been publicized for good reason. Please document your conclusion of ZERO. Betcha can't.

@ " Does a minor child have the right to consent to a search?"

Did it ever occur to you that showing the weapon (yes, a BB gun IS a weapon) to two other students constitutes clear probable cause?

And in addition, in most jurisdictions the school authorities have the right, on school property (a school bus is school property) to search anything, including backpacks and school lockers. Not sure about Arizona.

If you're going to be (or act like) a defense attorney, you'd best go back to law school and brush up on your Crime Law.


Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Article comment by: TO: Hey he just wants to be like AZ. dad.

Tell us readers, Did you ever Play Cowboys and Indians or Army growing up? Did you ever have a Toy Gun?? Or did you just play with Barbies??? Do you support the Left wing Riots this past week or so in Seattle WA. ?? If you left wingers don't like AZ. Laws, then why don't you just move. I promise you no one will miss you. Are you the real Criminal here or is it this Child?? Please tell us !!!

Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Article comment by: that our officials

That's the result of our government instilling fear in everyone since 9/11. Theyve created Dept of Homeland Security and other new agencies just to fight the war on terror and make sure everyone lives under the illusion the terrorist are going to get you. How many terrorist have they caught prior to anyone being killed. ZERO!!
This fear is now starting to effect our kids.


Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Article comment by: Eric Arizona

Over reactive melodramatic moronic people! THINK PEOPLE PLEAES! Is this kid now a terrorist? JHC, I had a BB gun when I was a kid too. Did this kid shoot anyone, threaten anyone, attack anyone? Was this a real gun or just a toy? Can we please use some common sense and THINK! YOU ARE CREATING A GENERATION OF NEUROTIC PEOPLE BY OVER REACTING TO SITUATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Article comment by: HOW STUPID!!!

The Iron Brotherhood still runs RAMPANT, Yet a BIG BAD Yavapai County Sheriff arrests a Little Boy with a Toy. I am sure the Deputies who MAID THIS BIG BUST will sleep good tonight knowing the saved the world today!!!

Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Article comment by: Hey! He just wants to be like his Arizona daddy.

If you ain't packin' a pistol, and have a dozen more guns at home, and lots of ammo in the basement, sos you can protect yourself when the feds attack this area ... you just ain't an Arizonan.

Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Article comment by: Does a minor child have the right to consent to a search?

The toy was not in plain sight.

What constituted probable cause, negating the need for a warrant?

Thanks!`



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