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Boy arrested after bringing ‘airsoft’ guns to school

Middle School on lockdown for 15 minutes

ROCK FALLS – A Rock Falls Middle School student was arrested Friday after two “airsoft” guns were found in his locker, police said.

After officials learned of the guns from another student, the school was placed on a code red lockdown at 10:37 a.m. for about 15 minutes, until police took the guns’ owner, a 13-year-old boy, into custody.

The student is on suspension awaiting disciplinary action by the school board, Superintendent Dan Arickx said.

“According to Illinois state code, the student could be facing up to 2 years of expulsion,” Arickx said.

“One or two students saw a BB gun in a student’s backpack, and those students did the right thing and informed adults right away, and those adults did the right thing and informed the administration right away,” Arickx said.

“At no time were any students in any danger. No threats were ever made. It was a situation where everybody did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

The guns were found inside a small backpack in the boy’s locker, police said, and the orange tip on one of the guns had been removed, which made it look like a real gun.

Airsoft guns are replica firearms that fire plastic or environmentally safe pellets

The boy is being charged with disorderly conduct, police said. He was released to his parents.

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