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Published: Friday, 10/12/2007

Toledo boy arrested for BB gun outside school

Police arrested a 13-year-old Robinson Middle School boy for carrying a BB pistol outside the building on Wednesday.

The boy, who authorities declined to identify, was charged with delinquency counts of violating the safe-school ordinance and illegal possession of an object indistinguishable from a firearm on school premises.

He was booked into the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center and released, said William Weyandt, the Toledo Public Schools supervisor of security.

Another student spotted the gun after classes were dismissed Wednesday and alerted a dean.

The dean approached the boy outside the school and detained him after the gun fell from his waist. A Toledo police officer assigned to the school arrested and handcuffed the boy, Mr. Weyandt said.

Patty Mazur, spokeswoman for Toledo Public Schools, said she didn t know why the boy had the BB gun or whether he had it with him inside the school. She said there was one BB in the gun.

Mr. Weyandt said it was the first time this school year a BB gun has been confiscated.

At least four BB guns were confiscated last year, and one actual firearm was confiscated from a student within the last two years, he said.

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