Virginia Beach fourth-grader found with unloaded BB gun

Posted at 2:57 PM, Mar 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-21 02:59:09-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - A fourth-grader from Thoroughgood Elementary School was found with an unloaded BB gun this morning.

A concerned parent noticed the gun and alerted the school, according to school spokesperson Lauren Wicks.

The student was detained immediately once the bus arrived at the school and the gun was found inside the bookbag.

Parents were notified by the schools AlertNow System of the incident by the Principal Dr. Cheryl Zigrang.

In the message the principal told parents to talk to their children about the consequences of bringing weapons, including lookalikes and toys to the bus stop, bus or school.

She also told them to talk to their children about safety. Wicks says that appropriate disciplinary action is being taken, but could not elaborate on what type.

Below is the Alertnow System message sent to Parents by the Principal:

AlertNow Message:
Good afternoon Thoroughgood Elementary parents, this is Principal Cheryl Zigrang. I am calling to inform you of an incident that occurred involving one of our students. This morning, a student brought an unloaded BB gun to the bus stop. The student was immediately detained once the bus reached the school, and appropriate disciplinary action is being taken at the school. In the meantime, I ask you to use this as an opportunity to talk with your child about safety and the very real consequences of bringing weapons, including toys and look-alikes, to the school bus and to school. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 648‐3920.Thank you for your continued support of Thoroughgood Elementary School