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9-Year-Old Palmer Student Faces Charges For Toting Toy Gun On School Bus

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PALMER, Mass. (AP) – Police say a 9-year-old elementary school student from Palmer will be summoned to juvenile court to face charges for bringing a toy handgun on the school bus.

Chief Robert Frydryk says the school district has a “zero tolerance policy” regarding weapons. Even though the gun was a toy, it is considered a weapon because it shoots soft plastic projectiles.

Frydryk says there is no indication the Old Mill Pond Elementary School student wanted to hurt anyone. The student’s name was not made public.

The incident occurred May 5. The boy told police he forgot he had it in his jacket when he got on the bus.

Superintendent Gerald Fournier tells The Republican of Springfield that the school took appropriate action “based on the policies and procedures we have in place.”

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