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* Turner Elementary School 5th Grader Disciplined For Bringing Pellet Gun to School in Antioch

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An Antioch elementary school is reaching out to parents this week after discovering that a student brought a replica gun to school and allegedly threatened classmates, school officials said. A fifth-grade boy brought an airsoft pistol with him to Turner Elementary School last Wednesday and carried it with him all day, according to school officials. The imitation weapon fires plastic pellets. At the end of the school day, staff members saw the student stash something under a fence on campus. When they asked him what he was doing, the student ran away, and staff members discovered the airsoft gun under the fence, said Bob Sanchez, student support services director for Antioch Unified School District.

The next day, the school notified Antioch police and met with the student and his parents. Sanchez said the student is being disciplined, but declined to say what consequences the boy faces. Antioch police did not return calls for comment on the incident. On Tuesday, Principal Sue Ten Eyck sent a letter home to parents notifying them of the incident. In the letter, she wrote that the student with the replica pistol had apparently told other students he would bring the weapon to school and threatened to harm them if they reported him. “I believe our students were truly afraid for their safety,” she wrote.

“It is disturbing that no students reported the threats to staff or to you, their parent.” Ten Eyck wrote that she and other staff members are reminding students of the difference between reporting dangerous behavior and “snitching,” and asked parents to do the same. Sanchez said some concerned parents showed up at the elementary school Thursday to get answers about the incident. “We take the safety of staff and students at our school as a number one priority, right alongside achievement,” he said. “Hopefully for this young student he doesn’t make a mistake like this again.”

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