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UPDATE: Buckley schools taken off lockdown; parent saw child with BB gun

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm with 5 Comments »
April 20, 2011 3:18 pm

UPDATE as of 3:15 p.m.

Deputies investigating a parent’s report of a weapon near White River High School found an 11-year-old boy with a BB gun walking nearby, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The child was never on school property and is not in trouble.

UPDATE as of 3 p.m.

The lockdown at Buckley schools has been lifted.

“The buses are rolling out as we speak, and we feel good about the situation,” Superintendent Thomas Lockyer said.

Authorities said no weapon was found near the schools.


Three Buckley schools are on lockdown after a parent reported seeing someone with a weapon near White River High School.

Just before 2 p.m., a parent coming to pick up their child from the high school campus at 26928 120th Street East told school officials about the possible weapon sighting.

“The sighting was off-campus at the entryway to the school,” Superintendent Thomas Lockyer said.

Since Mountain Meadow Elementary School and White River Alternative Programs are near the high school, they were also placed on lockdown, Lockyer said.

Buckley police and Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are on scene.

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  1. gogoDawgs says:

    So a parent spotted something that was legal, yet called the school or the police?

    There is no mention of the behavior of any individual, i.e. carrying in an assaultive manner, acting in a threatening or intimidating way, etc…

    Simply carrying a handgun in a holster in plain view (i.e. open carry) is legal.

  2. n0t_thatgirl says:

    gogo: It doesn’t say it was a handgun and it is not legal for a minor to own or carry a handgun. Obviously, a BB gun is a different story, but I’m pretty sure they’re supposed to be clearly marked to indicate that they’re not an actual firearm. Don’t they have to have a big orange tip on them or something? Sounds like the parent in question overreacted, but if there was no reason to suspect it was not a real gun, it could have turned out much worse.

  3. @n0t_thatgirl:

    I agree! In today’s violent society, it is much better to be wrong than sorry. Kudos to that parent for getting involved after obviously paying attention to what goes on around them. THERE IS NO WAY FOR ANYONE TO KNOW THE INTENT FOR SURE UNTIL IT IS CHECKED OUT OR IT IS TO LATE TO DO ANYTHING. A kindergartner carried one to school today, dropped it and wounded two 6 yr olds!! Who would think for a minute that a 6 yr old has the real thing? History of violence in our schools from FIREARMS deaths teaches us to not be so quick to look the other way and try to rationalize what you THINK you may have seen. Anyone without the good sense to not travel openly with one exposed around any school area is just asking for it. So serve it up! Report it! The child’s life you save may well be your own!

  4. brewstrwa says:

    They locked the school down for that? Yikes. Overkill?

  5. skiingislife725 says:

    @nwsjnky: “A kindergartner carried one to school today, dropped it and wounded two 6 yr olds!!”

    Guns don’t just “go off” by dropping them…with the exception of maybe some antiques. Try not to believe everything you read in the news as gospel. Have to put the booger picker on the bang switch or nothing happens. As for this incident, it sounds like it worked out well because it was a kid carrying a gun presumably in his hands….that’s a good time to check the situation out…as opposed to open carry by an adult in which there isn’t much worry (at least statistically…maybe for some, there is emotionally).

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