Weston police arrested two juvenile males who allegedly pointed pellet guns at Weston High School from the student parking lot while school was in session.
Police Sergeant Matt Brodacki said Tuesday, April 2, the arrests were made after two pellet guns were confiscated from the car of one of the students.
One male was charged with reckless endangerment and having weapons in a motor vehicle. The other was charged with reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sgt. Brodacki said at least one other student and a teacher witnessed the boys taking a firearm out of a car and aiming it at the high school. The teacher notified central office, which notified the police department, Sgt. Brodacki said.
He said a police officer was already on the scene and that officer also notified the department at about the same time. When more police arrived, the students were no longer at the car, but the guns were located.
The weapons were identified as pellet guns, but, Sgt. Brodacki said, “from 20 feet away, it looks exactly like a high powered rifle.”
According to Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer, under law, the pellet guns are considered firearms.
No one was injured, and no lockdown was ordered at the school because police were able to obtain the weapons and identify the students, Sgt. Brodacki said.
“People, especially kids, need to realize that the implications of their actions can be very serious, and when you add to that doing something like this on a school campus,” the consequences can be even more significant, Sgt. Brodacki said.
Superintendent Palmer notified parents just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday that the police were on campus investigating the discovery of a “pellet-type firearm” that was seen in a student car on campus.
The superintendent said security was increased for the rest of the day, but “normal operations” would continue for the rest of the day. All after school activities were held as scheduled.
At about 3 p.m., Lewis Brey, director of human resources and internal counsel for the school district, issued a press release, saying several students “associated with this incident” had been identified and had already been placed on out-of-school suspension pending further investigation.
Dr. Palmer sent another notice to staff and families at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, offering some of the details of the arrest.
She said in her letter that according to state law, “the possession of a firearm on school grounds warrants a mandatory expulsion from school.”
Dr. Palmer was appreciative of the efforts of the police. “We thank the Weston Police Department for its quick response in assisting the district with these critical safety issues. In the aftermath of Newtown, the district cannot be too cautious or tolerate any actions that undermine the safety of our school community,” she said.
As of Tuesday evening, Sgt. Brodacki said police were continuing to investigate the incident and were still gathering witness statements, but they were not expecting to make any more arrests.
The juveniles were released into the custody of their parents, Sgt. Brodacki said.