Teen faces school suspension for BB gun incident

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A 15-year-old boy faces long-term suspension after taking a BB gun to Nelson Elementary School Wednesday evening.

The incident took place after 5 p.m. on school property, according to Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) spokeswoman Michelle Price.

She said there were elementary, middle and high-school aged children from various schools on Nelson Elementary property when a 14-year-old and 15-year-old got into an altercation. The 15-year-old allegedly went home and returned with the BB gun.

A younger student who witnessed the incident reported it to an NNPS middle school principal on Thursday. Price said police have already visited the 15-year-old boy at home and talked with his family.

While no one was injured, the teen could be issued sanctions because a BB gun is considered a “lower level weapon,” and he had it on school property.

Price said the 15-year-old doesn’t attend Nelson Elementary, but is a NNPS student. He is being recommended for a long-term suspension (11 days up to 180 days), but if school officials find out he brandished the weapon, his consequence could change into expulsion.

Price said there are no parks in the area around Nelson Elementary, so local children gather there to socialize.

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