Boys Take Revenge With Pellet Gun
Two Whittier Middle School boys were involved in an incident within the campus recently. What happened? The two 12-year-old boys went inside a classroom armed with a pellet gun. For those who are not sure what a pellet gun is exactly, it is also known as a BB gun. Wikipedia defines this sort of gun as:
“a type of air gun designed to shoot projectiles called BB after the Birdshot pellet of approximately the same size. These projectiles are usually spherical but can also be pointed; those are usually used for bird hunting. Modern day BB guns usually have a smoothbore barrel, with a bore diameter and caliber of 0.177 inches (4.5 mm). BB for modern day BB guns are usually steel, plated either with zinc or copper to resist corrosion, and measure 0.171 to 0.173 inches (4.34 mm to 4.39 mm) in diameter. Some manufacturers also still make lead Ball bearings of slightly larger diameter and which are generally intended for use in rifled BB gun barrels, as were formerly used in BB guns.”
So, these are not “real guns” in a sense but in another sense, they are still considered as weapons. Anyhow, the two kids had a plan – they wanted to take revenge on a school safety officer who had filed an assault case on one of them. As a matter of fact, both boys were already suspended – one for the assault case and the other for another case.
The boys caused an incident that lead to a school lockdown. Although no one was hurt, the whole incident caused a ruckus – the gun was made to look like a real Smith and Wesson. While things were happening, they didn’t have a way of knowing that the gun was merely a pellet gun. The school safety officer was able to handle the situation well, though, and the rest of the law enforcement team responded quickly.
Though in this case, all is well that ends well, we cannot overlook the fact that two suspended youths were able to enter the school premises. Even more disturbing is that they were able to bring in a gun – albeit a BB gun. And, as Lorain Schools Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said, it is disappointing that a student would even think to bring in a gun. I would have used stronger words than disappointing. How about outrageous? How about wrong? Dangerous? Needless to say, this school district will probably be looking into its security measures more closely.