Student brings BB gun to Tucker High School

Student brings BB gun to Tucker High School
Source: NBC12
Source: NBC12

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Tucker High School student could be facing charges after police say he brought a BB gun to school. It's the latest in a string of disruptions at Henrico schools in the past few weeks.

The student has been identified and the weapon confiscated with no harm to anyone or disruption to the school day, Principal Bob Lowerre said in a note to parents. The 17-year-old boy has been referred to Juvenile Intake for violating Virginia State Code § 18.2-282, brandishing a firearm. NBC12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin said the code means the student is accused of doing more than just holding a gun. He is accused of handling it in a way that could cause an observer to be fearful, which is a felony.

Administrators were made aware of a possible weapon on school property and notified police on Thursday morning. School officials won't say what disciplinary action is being taken, but the principal says the school is "addressing this matter very seriously."

The following note was sent to families:

Good afternoon Tucker High School families,

Principal Lowerre pointed out that all students are safe, and it did not disrupt the school day.  It's being taken very seriously, but the principal couldn't elaborate on the consequences.

Henrico police said they will determine the course of action the best suits the needs of the juvenile.

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