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Student brings BB gun to Norfolk school for show and tell, school district says

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Posted at 9:21 PM, Dec 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-08 22:08:49-05

NORFOLK, Va. - A student at Chesterfield Academy brought a BB gun to school Tuesday for show and tell, a spokesperson with Norfolk Public Schools confirmed to News 3.

The school district says the student brought the BB gun, which was unloaded and had no cartridge or BBs, at the request of a classmate.

When the teacher was made aware of the gun, she immediately took it and the student involved to the principal's office. School administrators then called Norfolk Police, who verified that the show and tell item was a BB gun.

School security officers removed the gun from the building, and students were reminded that inappropriate items should not be brought to school.

NPS says the school psychologist also met with and spoke to students in the classroom about the incident. The school district will continue to provide counseling and support to any student who is upset by the incident.

The incident will be investigated, and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken under the guidelines of the student code of conduct.

NPS' full statement about the incident can be read in full below:

On Tuesday, a student brought a BB gun (unloaded – no cartridge or BBs) to school for “show and tell” at the request of a classmate. When the classroom teacher was made aware of the BB gun, she immediately brought the unloaded BB gun and the student involved to the principal’s office. School administrators called Norfolk Police, who verified that the “show and tell” item was in fact a BB gun. School security removed it from the building, and students were again reminded of appropriate items that should be brought on the campus of the school. Additionally,

the school psychologist met with and talked to students in the classroom about the incident. The school division will continue to provide counseling and support to any student who is upset by the incident.

The incident will be thoroughly investigated, and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken under the guidelines of the student code of conduct.
Norfolk Public Schools

This incident comes after a group of students at Camden Middle School in Camden County, North Carolina, were planning to attack several other students on campus, causing school to be closed Monday, and after a student made a threat against Independence Middle School in Virginia Beach over the weekend. The latter has has been deemed unsubstantiated.

And on Wednesday, three Grafton High School students were taken into custody and are facing criminal charges after allegedly exchanging text messages threatening the Grafton School Complex.

Stay with News 3 for updates.