Jacksonville School has gun scare

Jacksonville School has gun scare
Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 4:29am

Students saw what looked to be a firearm


The Jacksonville Daily Progress is reporting; A Jacksonville Middle School student is accused of bringing a gun-shaped cigarette lighter onto school property following a Tuesday afternoon incident after football practice.

Jacksonville Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Joe Wardell said several students saw what appeared to be a firearm when the boy displayed the cigarette lighter on the football fields by the middle school.

“It looked very much like a small gun,” Wardell said.

He said a coach stopped the child, who was not identified by school officials, and secured the item before Jacksonville police officers arrived on the scene.

According to JISD policy, both cigarette lighters and “look-a-like” weapons are prohibited on campus and possession of such items can result in suspension, transfer to the school’s Compass Center or expulsion.

Wardell said the discipline for this case and all individual cases can’t be publicly discussed.

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