Student arrested after bringing ‘pistol’ to Magna middle school

Matheson Junior High School Photo: Matheson Junior High

MAGNA, Utah, Dec. 13, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Police are investigating after a student brought an airsoft pellet gun, designed to look like a real gun, to Matheson Junior High on Wednesday.

The non-lethal airsoft gun was recovered before school began, and the student or students involved are facing disciplinary action.

The school, located at 3650 Montclair St. in Magna, sent email and audio messages to parents:

“We had an incident this morning that we had that we would like to make you aware of,” the audio message, read by principal Dawn Hauser, said in part.

“A male student brought a facsimile weapon — which is a non-lethal lookalike airsoft gun — onto campus at the start of the school day and was immediately taken into custody.

“A fellow student overheard a suspicious conversation prior to the start of school, and did a fantastic job reporting that conversation to school administration, who were then able to act quickly to ensure student safety.

“While the item was a facsimile, it’s still a very serious Safe School violation, and appropriate discipline will be administered to the students involved.”

The message also said a police and administrative investigation made it inadvisable to release information earlier in the day.

“The student who reported this incident is a Matheson hero here at our school today,” the message said, asking parents to remind their students of the options for alerting authorities to potential danger by phone, text, the SafeUT app or by talking to an adult.


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