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Gun scare at Culpeper High leads to teen’s arrest

Gun scare at Culpeper High leads to teen’s arrest

BY DONNIE JOHNSTON/THE FREE LANCE-STAR vai Fredericksburg.com

A 15-year-old Culpeper High School freshman was taken into custody Wednesday after brandishing what turned out to be a pellet gun on a school bus, authorities said.

The boy, who officials say lives in Brandy Station, turned himself in to Culpeper County sheriff’s deputies about 45 minutes after school officials notified authorities that several students had seen the youth with the weapon.

“They said he was manipulating the slide action on the pistol,” Sheriff Scott Jenkins said. Jenkins added that several of the boy’s acquaintances stated that he “had talked about shooting people.”

He said students who were interviewed said the boy had the pellet gun — which the sheriff said looked like a real gun — in his possession Tuesday. No one, however, reported that incident to school authorities.

The sheriff said no charges had been placed as of Wednesday night, but added, “This is an ongoing investigation.”

No one was hurt and no one besides the 15-year-old was involved, Jenkins added.

Culpeper High went into lock-down mode about 10:15 a.m., followed quickly by Culpeper Middle School across the street and the Culpeper High annex between them.

Immediately upon arrival, authorities were told the student’s name and began screening surveillance video to determine if he had gone into the building and whether he was still inside.

It was quickly discovered that the boy had left the school by a rear entrance and headed across a grassy area toward Duke Street and the Mosby Meadow subdivision.

Meanwhile, students in the school began texting and calling parents. Within minutes, details of the incident—some factual and some incorrect—appeared on Facebook.

“That didn’t help the situation,” Jenkins said.

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