Student suspended, charged in weapon incident

By Joe Beck

A student at Skyline High School in Front Royal has been charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and destruction of property after authorities accused him of firing a BB gun into a toilet in the school on Sept. 4.

A news release from Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said the school resource officer, deputy Jen Laney, received information on Sept. 5 about a Skyline student possibly in possession of a BB gun. Laney told school administrators about the information, and the student was brought to the main office for questioning, according to McEathron.

Administrators searched the student’s book bag and found a black BB gun pistol inside, the news release stated. The student, a 17-year-old boy, admitted firing a BB into a toilet in a school restroom the night before, according to the news release.

The news release stated the student was immediately suspended. No information was received during the investigation that indicated he intended to harm anyone, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Warren County School Superintendent Pamela McInnis would not comment on the current status of the student in aftermath of his suspension on Sept. 5.

The school system’s policy calls for a one-year expulsion, subject to a vote by the School Board and upon recommendation of the principal and superintendent, for students who possess prohibited weapons. The expulsion policy includes an exception “based on facts of a particular case, that special circumstances exist and another disciplinary action or term of expulsion is appropriate.”

The superintendent may decide to seek an unspecified alternative to expulsion and “recommend that action to the board for final determination,” according to the school’s policy manual.

“I can’t talk about any kind of disciplinary action with a student,” McInnis said in an interview. “All I can tell you is that we followed disciplinary procedures from the state that are outlined in our policy manual.”

McInnis added that she could say the student is “not on” Skyline High School premises as of now. She refused further comment.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com