Student brings BB gun onto bus

Warren County Middle School pupil has charges pending over incident

By Joe Beck

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a Warren County Middle School student brandishing a BB pistol around another student on school bus No. 41 Tuesday.

A news release from the Sheriff’s Office stated the student removed the pistol from a backpack and displayed it to another student before the bus driver intervened and took the pistol. The pistol was unloaded, according to the news release.

Middle school administrators contacted law enforcement officials immediately after learning of the incident, the news release stated. The school resource officer, Jeremiah Laing, is investigating the incident, and charges against the student with the pistol are pending, the news release stated.

Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron refused to say whether the student under investigation is a boy or a girl. McEathron also said he had no information on whether the student under investigation pointed the gun at the other student before the bus driver took the pistol.

“Those are the details that deputy Laing is finding out,” McEathron said.

The incident is the second involving a BB gun or a pellet gun since the start of the school year in Warren County Public Schools. A student at Skyline High School was charged in September with possession of a weapon on school grounds and destruction of property after authorities accused him of firing a BB gun or a pellet gun into a toilet in the school on Sept. 4.

School officials could not reached for comment.

McEathron said Tuesday’s incident is a reminder to parents to be aware of what students are carrying in their book bags before they go to school.

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