BB Gun Leads To Lockdown, Dismissal In Wilmington

WILMINGTON (CBS) – Wilmington High School students were sent home earlier than expected Friday morning after a student brought a BB gun that looked like a handgun to school.

WBZ Radio’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Police told WBZ Radio the school was evacuated and students were taken to an “undisclosed location.”  They wanted parents to know that their children are safe.

Investigators said the student, who has not been identified, did not threaten anyone.

The principal described the weapon as an “Airsoft BB gun.”  Police said it resembled a 9 mm handgun.

According to WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi, the teen showed the gun to other students and he is now being evaulated.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports

School officials found out about the gun when students started texting each other about it.

WBZ Radio’s Kim Tunnicliffe was hearing that the teen had been upset the last few days.

Officers and K-9 units were brought in to search the campus, which was placed under lockdown around 9:15 a.m.

A spokesperson for the superintendent’s office told WBZ-TV the situation involved a “suspected intruder” but was under control within a short period of time and students were dismissed between 9:45 and 10:15 a.m.

Parents were notified through email and automated phone calls.

As a precuation, Wilmington High School conducts regular “lockdown drills.”  The most recent was on November 15th.

All after-school activities will go on as scheduled.

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  • terri

    Wilmington in the news 2 days in a row. I wish I had more information about what was going on in the high school!

  • Wizard

    They will have to make this day up in JUNE, of course…

  • sullyinma

    It has not been a good week for the Town of Wilmington. It used to be sort of a sleepy town, but not anymore. Juding by the sarcastic comment posted by “Wizard”, I would say that the “Cynic” poster has multiple id’s in which he posts under.

  • scoogy

    Kid brings a bb gun to school and they evacuate the school and dismiss everybody??? Talk about over-reaction!

  • mom

    The school did a GREAT job….how were they to know it was just a bb gun till it was apprehened from the kid. Get your facts straight.

    • honesty

      I agree! It’s nice to see comments like this! Have a great weekend :)

  • honesty

    Obviously “SCOOGY” and “WIZARD” lack what is known as common sense. It’s also obvious that they haven’t a clue what goes on within a school setting as far as protocols go regarding crisis situations as this. I am a teacher in another district and I am very impressed with how quickly Wilmington’s response was. Honestly, worrying about “adding on a school day in June”, or calling this incident an “over reaction” as these two people stated only shows that they are worried more about how this dismissal affected their day today or how it is going to affect it in June on that extra day in the summer. It’s nice to know that you have your child’s best interest at heart. Merry Christmas!

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