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Virginia Beach student disciplined for bringing BB gun on school bus

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Posted at 12:04 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 12:15:01-04

Virginia Beach, Va. – A middle school student has been disciplined for bringing a B.B. gun on board a school bus Thursday afternoon.

Parents at Plaza Middle School were alerted of the incident Friday morning by Virginia Beach Public Schools.

In the message, Principal Burnsworth said that a student and a parent alerted him to a Snapchat video posted by a student on one of their school buses who claimed to have a gun at school yesterday.

Police were notified and the BB gun was found.

The alert to parents stated:

Good morning, this is Mr. Burnsworth, principal of Plaza Middle School. Let me begin my apologizing for the early time of this call, but I want to share some news with you prior to the beginning of the school day.

I am calling to let you know that late yesterday afternoon a student and parent made me aware of a snapchat video posted by a student on one of our school buses who claimed to have a gun at school yesterday. Police were contacted and immediately investigated this matter. Fortunately, officers found the weapon in question was a BB gun. Even so, let me once again remind all of our students that weapons are not allowed on school grounds – that includes the school building and the school bus. Possession of a weapon at school has serious consequences, including potential criminal charges. In this case, appropriate disciplinary action is being taken at the school level.

Please talk with your child and ask for their assistance in ending the school year on the right note – with good judgment and responsible decision making. As always, I thank you for your continued support of Plaza Middle School.