An Airsoft pistol of unknown model and type caused a few anxious moments at Acalanes High School this afternoon after students spotted the replica gun and, thinking it was real, informed school officials of its presence.
The replica, essentially a special type of very low-power smoothbore airgun designed to shoot non-metallic spherical projectiles, was found in a student’s locker. It was not immediately known why the replica was brought to school, but its discovery on the same day a lethal school shooting was unfolding across the country in Florida, proved grounds for concern.
School Principal Travis Bell issued the following statement to parents of children at the school:
“Today, based on a report from students, an Airsoft gun was located in a student’s locker. We worked closely with Lafayette Police who are continuing to investigate the situation. The student has been removed from the campus. We believe that the immediate response of our staff and Lafayette Police insured (sic) student safety.
“Campus safety is our highest priority and we are grateful that students came forward to report on their concerns. Please remind your child to always speak up and talk to an adult if there is any suspicion of a weapon or a potentially unsafe situation on campus.
“Lafayette Police will be on campus tomorrow as they continue their investigation. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.”
Guns of various types and descriptions have been used locally recently in a game known as The Assassin Game, popular among local high school students and the object of a police call in San Ramon after teens were seen behaving suspiciously earlier in the afternoon.