Sheriff: Students detained after bringing BB guns to middle school

This is one of the BB guns found at North Fork Middle School on Thursday. Photo courtesy of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office

Three students from North Fork Middle School have been charged with the possession of a weapon on school property after school officials found BB guns in their book bags Thursday morning, according to Capt. Wes Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release from the Sheriff, a student notified a school administrator and a student resource officer that another student had a gun in school at 9:15 a.m., at which point authorities locked down the school.

They also placed Stonewall Jackson High School and Ashby Lee Elementary School on a limited lockdown as a precautionary measure.

After searching students’ lockers, the officer and administrator found two BB guns in students’ book bags. During the lockdown, another student reported to a teacher a third student was in possession of a BB gun inside a book bag in a locker, Dellinger said.

The administrator and officer located the third BB gun and detained the student.

School Superintendent Mark Johnston has confirmed the school was no longer on lockdown as of roughly 11 a.m. and there was no immediate threat to students.

He said the first two BB guns found were convincing replicas and the two students who had them were known to be friends. The third student had a less realistic looking gun and is believed to have brought it in independently of the other two.

“The first two were pretty good look-alikes, but the third was plastic,” Johnston said. “It seems like there was no interaction between the first two and the third.”

He said no injuries had been reported following the incident, and the students did not threaten anyone with the guns.

Capt. Wes Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said to his knowledge, there is no particular reason the three students decided to bring the weapons to school on Thursday.

Thus far, a 14-year-old boy from Mount Jackson, a 12-year-old boy from Quicksburg and a 13-year-old boy from New Market have been detained without incident and taken to Woodstock for a detention hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com.