ANTIOCH -- A fifth-grader at an Antioch elementary school faces possible disciplinary action after bringing an Airsoft pistol to campus last week, carrying it around all day and threatening to hurt anyone who reported him, school district officials said.
The boy brought the weapon to Turner Elementary on Sept. 19, carried it in his backpack all day and was observed by a school staff member shoving it under a cyclone fence after school before running off, said Bob Sanchez, the district's director of student services.
The boy's parents were contacted the next day, and he later admitted he had been carrying the gun, Sanchez said. Airsoft guns fire plastic pellets.
Police were involved in the investigation, which resulted in a district incident report. The investigation was completed Wednesday, Superintendent Donald Gill said.
Antioch is looking into the "appropriate consequences" for the boy, as defined in the state education code and school board policy, Sanchez said.
Turner parents were notified of the situation in a letter from Principal Sue Ten Eyck. The letter is dated Tuesday, but parents say they received it Wednesday.
In the letter, Ten Eyck said the boy told other students he would bring the weapon to school, and he would hurt them if they told anyone.
"It is disturbing that no student reported the threat to staff or to you, the parents," she wrote. "We hope that if any of our students feel intimidated or threatened by another student or adult, they would report the situation. I have explained the difference between tattling or 'snitching' and reporting. Reporting is something you do to help others when someone's safety is being threatened or when someone is being bullied, harassed or threatened."
Turner parent Kim Montgomery said she was shocked a weapon was brought onto an elementary school campus and upset that there was a delay in parents not being informed sooner.
"Some parents didn't even get the letter today," Montgomery said Wednesday. Being alerted sooner would have prompted parents to be more watchful of suspicious activity, she said.
At Wednesday night's board meeting, Antioch school trustees said they were unaware of the incident but would look into it.
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