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Air-soft gun confiscated at John Marshall HS


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Things could have turned out much differently at John Marshall High School Wednesday after a student brought an air soft hand gun to school. Authorities said a 14-year-old female told a staff member she had an air-soft gun in her backpack.

Around noon a teacher took the gun from the student, but the school's principal said it wasn't until 5 p.m.,  when school officials were made aware of the incident and that's when they called authorities.

The student faces charges of having a dangerous weapon on school property.

Principal Tim Limberg said he isn't sure why the girl brought the gun to school.

"We have no evidence or nothing to link it between the person was being bullied or trying to intimidate or felt unsafe," said Limberg.

Typically air-soft guns are used for sports and law enforcement training.

"It's a type of gun that fires either a rubber or plastic pellet. It does cause pain typically, but no long term damage, but it does have the potential if it hits someone up close or maybe in the eye or something to that effect where if would cause long term damage," said Lieutenant Mike Sadauskis with the Rochester Police Department.

Sadauskis said there has been more gun related incidents at the schools this year than usual, but it's unknown why.

Just last week Mayo High School went into lock down when a teacher saw a student with what appeared to be a handgun.

It turned out it was a toy gun. 

In August, as students were picking up their class schedules a 17-year-old boy was spotted in the back of a car with a 44-caliber gun.

He led police on a foot chase, before being apprehended.

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