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Students bring replica guns to St. Lawrence Central; superintendent says no threat posed

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BRASHER FALLS — Two students who were found to have brought replica guns to St. Lawrence Central School on Monday had simply forgotten to take them out of their backpacks after using them over the weekend, according to Superintendent Stephan M. Vigliotti Sr.

“This was an oversight by some kids as opposed to some grand scheme to hurt other kids. At this point we don’t have any reason to believe there was any malice,” Mr. Vigliotti said Monday afternoon.

He said the matter was handled internally. Police did not come to the school.

Middle school Principal Christopher W. Rose was notified by two students at about 10:20 a.m. that another student had told them that he had an Airsoft pistol inside his backpack.

Airsoft guns are replica firearms that fire plastic pellets, paper balls and/or eraser chunks by way of compressed gas or electric or spring-driven pistons. These guns are designed to be non-lethal and are intended to be realistic replicas.

“As soon as Mr. Rose heard that, he went to the student’s locker and secured the pistol. Upon more investigation, it was revealed that another student had a pellet gun,” Mr. Vigliotti said.

“Apparently these two were together over the weekend at someone else’s house and forgot to take the stuff out before they came to school. ... There were no threats made, nothing to that affect at all. They weren’t shown; they weren’t brandished,” he said.

A notice about the incident was posted on the school district’s website on Monday afternoon. It noted, “The authorities were contacted and appropriate action was taken. The students involved admitted to inadvertently forgetting to empty their backpacks before school. All students were reminded to be sure to only bring appropriate materials to school.”

Mr. Vigliotti said the school would send a note to parents to advise them about the incident.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to review our safety plans and remind kids about what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate,” he said.

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