Gun tip leads to 'soft lockdown'

Gun tip leads to 'soft lockdown'

DANVILLE — North Ridge Middle School was briefly placed on "soft lockdown" Thursday morning after officials got a tip that a student may have brought a gun to school.

Superintendent Mark Denman said the incident took place around 9 a.m., at the start of the school day.

Denman said officials took immediate action and put the precautionary safety measures in place. He said they searched the student's locker and found a look-alike BB gun.

No one was injured and "there was no disturbance to any of the classes," said Denman, who is out of town for a family wedding.

Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the boy was taken into custody and brought to the public safety building and questioned. He was later released to his parents.

Thomason said he's not sure yet whether any charges will be filed.

Denman said school officials' investigation wrapped up pretty quickly.

"Disciplinary action is in process," he said.

While he wouldn't comment on this specific case, Denman said bringing a gun, even a look-alike or toy gun, is punishable by expulsion under the student handbook.

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