Two students arrested over pellet gun shooting
May 8, 2008
RENO – Two elementary school students were arrested Thursday after one brought an airsoft pellet gun to school and the other accidentally pulled the trigger, striking a third-grader, authorities said.
The incident on the playground at Grace Warner Elementary School happened before classes, said Washoe County School District spokesman Steve Mulvenon.
Mulvenon said the boy brought the air gun that shoots plastic pellets to school, and he and a female classmate were playing. The girl accidentally pulled the trigger, and a round pellet inside the gun struck a third-grader, Mulvenon said.
The third-grader’s mother came to school, looked at the injury and decided she was fine, so the student was returned to the classroom.
School district police took the other two students to the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center, Mulvenon said.
“I was told there was no malicious intent,” Mulvenon said.