Brief 'shelter in place' at Hoosac Valley after student caught with BB gun

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CHESHIRE — Hoosac Valley Middle and High School briefly went into a "soft lockdown" on Monday after a student was caught with an unloaded air-powered BB gun.

At about 10:40 a.m. Monday morning, faculty received a report from a student of a possible weapon on school grounds, according to Hoosac Valley Principal Jeremiah Ames.

Within a matter of seconds, an administrator approached the suspected student at his or her nearby locker and asked about the weapon, Ames said. The student retrieved the BB gun from a bag inside the locker and surrendered it to the administrator.

The administration immediately met with all of the students and faculty involved, in addition to calling in a Cheshire Police Officer for assistance. A shelter in place, which lasted about 12 minutes, was called while administrators confirmed the student had no ammunition or other weapons on the campus.

"The student was dismissed from school and it has not yet been determined what the consequences will be, but expulsion has bot been ruled out," Ames said.

She declined to identify the student or indicate his or her age. Though a final decision on punishment has not yet been made, the student, who left school willingly with a parent, will not return Tuesday or Wednesday in accordance with the district's two-day emergency suspension policy, according to Ames.

The administration briefly considered dismissing school for the day, but ultimately decided there was no threat to students, Ames said. The district sent out a pre-recorded message to parents shortly before 2 p.m. alerting parents.

"We're convinced that this was a single isolated incident and we're convinced that the school is safe," Ames said.


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