A Bismarck middle school student who threatened others with an unloaded BB gun has been cited for terrorizing and for violating concealed weapon laws, according to police.
The student possessed the pistol-type weapon during the Wednesday morning bus ride to Horizon Middle School, Lt. Luke Gardiner said. The student made threats of harm and pointed the gun at other students while at the bus stop and during the ride to school.
The incident was “over in minutes,” and no BBs were found, Gardiner said. School authorities notified law enforcement, took the BB gun and moved the juvenile away from other students as soon as they were informed of the weapon. There were no injuries and classes were not disrupted.
Bismarck Public Schools spokeswoman Renae Hoffmann Walker said the school district is barred by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act from commenting on "specific student incidents." She provided a copy of the district's policy regarding weapons on school property.
The policy requires a minimum one-year expulsion for a student who brings a firearm "on campus," but a BB gun is not considered a firearm under North Dakota law. For weapons other than a firearm, the policy calls for "disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion." A suspension would be for up to 10 days; and expulsion for up to 12 months.
Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com
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