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Pellet gun found at WCHS

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Two WCHS students face felony weapons charges

By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

Sun Staff Writer

Two Washington County male juveniles have been suspended from school and face felony charges in connection with an incident that happened Sept. 25 at Washington County High School.

A male student allegedly brought a pellet gun to the high school in a book bag and placed it in his locker, according to WCHS Principal Leon Smith.

A second male student was observed by a teacher removing the book bag from the locker and taking it into a rest room. The teacher alerted Smith, who went into the restroom to investigate. Upon a pat down of the student, the pellet gun was discovered in the front of the student’s pants.

“We’re working hard to keep this a clean and safe school,” said Smith. “I have to applaud the teacher for being alert and bringing this to my attention.”

Both students face Class D felony charges of unlawful possession of a weapon on school property. The students were released into the custody of their parents until judicial review and are suspended from school pending further investigation.

The Daisy pellet gun looks like a regular pistol upon first look. Even local authorities say it would be difficult for anyone to distinguish the difference without close inspection.

“It looks just like what I carry,” said Springfield Police Chief Fred Armstrong.

The case is pending review by Chuck Rogers, who works as a juvenile court designated worker. No further details were available at press time.