Boy brings airsoft gun to La Center Middle School

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A 12-year-old boy brought an airsoft gun to La Center Middle School on Thursday, prompting police response to the school.

La Center Police Chief Marc Denney said that the boy brought the gun to school but kept it in his backpack in his locker.

Other students told school officials about the gun at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, prompting La Center police to respond.

No one was threatened in any way and the gun remained in the boy’s backpack, said district spokeswoman Laurie Kansanback.

La Center Middle School was not placed on lockdown because there was no threat, Kansanback said.

Police investigated and released the boy to the school. The agency plans to send its report on the incident to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review of possible charges, which could include bringing a prohibited weapon to a school, Denney said.

Police said they haven’t had any prior incidents involving the boy.