Surfers are right: everything comes in threes. Last week we had three stories on gun twirlers who somehow managed to shoot themselves (what are the odds?). This week we’ve got three stories about schools cracking down on kids with guns—despite the fact that one of them was a NERF-style dart gun, one was was safely stored in a pickup truck and one of them isn’t even a gun . . .
“A Colonial Heights Middle School pupil faces disciplinary charges after police said he brought two live .22-caliber rifle rounds to school today,” 2.timesdispatch.com reports. “Police said they could not charge the boy with bringing a weapon to school because bullets are not considered a weapon unless the loaded into a gun. However, authorities were exploring other possible charges that could be filed, said Colonial Heights police Sgt. Robert Ruxer [above]”
This time, thank God, there was a lockdown . . .
A school administrator found the bullets in an upstairs bathroom stall about 9:15 a.m. and notified the school’s police resource officer, Ruxer said.
The school principal then locked down the school and police and school administrators initiated a two-hour search that included a Virginia State Police explosives detection dog, Ruxer said.
Authorities searched all school lockers and all 700 students with hand-held metal detectors.
“Where there are bullets, there could be a gun,” Ruxer said. No additional bullets or a gun was found.
After further investigation, authorities were able to identify the student who brought the bullets to school, which is comprised of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
“We’ve not had any previous incidents like this and believe this is an isolated incident,” said Colonial Heights Superintendent Joseph O. Cox Jr.
“Cause if there was ANOTHER bullet, or TWO students brought two live rounds to school apiece, well, can you imagine?