Chestermere RCMP charge youth for bringing BB gun to school

CHESTERMERE – RCMP arrested and charged a youth after a BB gun was brought to school.

On Oct. 18 staff at Chestermere Lake Middle School received information that a student was seen in possession of a handgun style airsoft BB gun at the school.

Chestermere RCMP members located the BB gun, which was hidden in an outdoor trash can, and took the student into custody.

“Weapons whether they are real or not have no place in our schools. In partnership with our School Divisions, Chestermere RCMP takes all steps to ensure our schools and students remain safe,” said S/Sgt. Mark Wielgosz.

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An increased police presence may have been noticed at the school during the initial stages of the investigation. 

According to RCMP, the investigation so far hasn’t established any threat to the school or any specific person. No danger was posed to students or staff at the time of this incident and it was confirmed the student does not have access to any other weapons.

Police say at this time it appears the student brought the BB gun to school in part for social status. The student, a Chestermere youth, was released to parents and will attend provincial court to face a charge of Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and Mischief.

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The youth can’t be identified in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The investigation is ongoing. Chestermere RCMP takes all matters involving weapons and schools seriously regardless of the intent of the individual. These types of investigations consume police resources and can cause panic among students, staff, parents, and the public at large. 

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