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Boy Accused of Firing Toy Gun at School Faces Disciplinary Action

A sixth-grader is accused of shooting a student with an a airsoft gun at Roberto Clemente Middle School.

A sixth-grade boy at Roberto Clemente Middle School faces disciplinary action for allegedly firing an airsoft gun at another student after school Tuesday, police and school officials said.

An airsoft gun is a nonlethal firearm replica that fires plastic pellets. The airsoft tied to the middle school incident was described as “clear” and spring-powered, with an orange plastic tip.

“It was clear that it was a toy gun,” said Montgomery County Police Officer Rebecca Innocenti.

No injuries were reported. School officials notified parents about the incident in a letter.

At around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Montgomery County Police Officers were dispatched to Roberto Clemente, in response to a call from school administrators, Innocenti said.

According to police, two boys approached another student and asked if he had proper coinage for a vending machine. But when the boy said he didn’t have the money, one of the students allegedly shot him with the airsoft.

The boy’s mother told administrators that she saw the incident while she waited to pick up her son. She decided not press charges, Innocenti said.

Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig said the student who fired the gun, a sixth grader, will face disciplinary action.

“We take bringing a gun to school or anything weapon-like very seriously,” Tofig told Patch.

Tofig couldn’t comment on the specific type of disciplinary action the student would receive but said the student handbook includes suspension and expulsion as possible punishments for such an offense.

Sharon March 17, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Apparently, since boy theatened and requested "coinage", it was not just a boyhood prank or simple act of 'poofing' classmate with airgun. It was used as 'threat for intended act of intimidation and robbery'. There should be absolute disciplinary consequences!
Sharon March 17, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Unfortunately, it 'starts' with airgun but can progress to worse a few years from now. Parent of child threatened should press charges (if nothing more than to put 'fear of God' into child with airgun). And I so hope student facing discipline has parents who take this act seriously (rather than "boys will be boys") and act upon it. As a community we certainly don't wish to see their son end up with his name listed on the County website for future criminal record.
Ann March 18, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Are there any additional updates on the two PE teachers who got into a fist fight in front of students. That seemed to quietly just go away, but I'd really like to know if they are being disciplined for their actions. In my opinion they should be fired as it seems one has previous infractions.
Sharon March 18, 2012 at 04:07 PM
That did seem to 'conveniently' fall off the radar screen, Ann, now that you mentioned it! I would be quite curious with the outcome of that one as well!
Valerie Mayer March 19, 2012 at 01:50 PM
The 2 teachers are on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated.

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