Youth caught with weapons on school grounds


Two students were arrested for having air-soft guns on Flandreau school property, a weapons violation under school district rules.
Police were notified of the incident on March 6, which happened outside of the school building but on school grounds, said Chief Zach Weber. Each young person had an air-soft gun, and they were caught on the school’s surveillance camera, Weber said.
District staff also found packaging for one of the weapons inside of the school, which prompted administrators to review the video footage, he said.
Because the two individuals involved are juveniles, their names are not being released. Weber also would not release ages or other information that could identify the students. He doesn’t know why they had the weapons at the school.
The police department requested that State’s Attorney Paul Lewis charge the young people with possession of a dangerous weapon on school property, Weber said.
Lewis said he has not finished investigating the case so charges hadn’t been filed.
School superintendent Rick Weber said he could not comment about the incident, saying it is a school district matter, nor would he say whether the students are attending classes.
The Flandreau High School student handbook lists possession of weapons as the most serious of violations, which includes discipline of up to long-term suspension or expulsion.

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