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Police: Student brings BB gun to Catskill Academy

October 10, 2018 05:58 pm Updated: October 10, 2018 06:16 pm

CATSKILL — A student brought a BB gun Wednesday to Catskill Academy campus within Catskill High School, police said.

A 14-year-old boy, who has been suspended from school, brought the C02 BB gun into school inside his backpack, Catskill police Chief David Darling said.

“He didn’t threaten anybody with it,” Darling said of the air pistol. “A teacher found it in his backpack.”

The student bent over and peered in his backpack during class and the teacher inquired what he was looking at, the police chief said.

The gun was confiscated and given to police, deputies from the Catskill police department told Superintendent of Schools Ronel Cook, according to a statement on the district’s website.

“The Catskill Academy is not affiliated with the school district,” Cook said in the statement. “They lease property from us and facilitate their program in the back of our campus. At no time were Catskill Central School District students or staff in jeopardy.”

Catskill Academy, located in Catskill High School, is a location of Questar III BOCES. Students enrolled in the program can take academic courses while earning work-based learning hours in the Catskill community, or take Career and Technical Education programs at the Questar III Columbia-Greene Educational Center in Hudson.

The boy was placed on probation before Wednesday’s incident, Darling said, adding police do not know the reason.

“Those records are usually sealed,” he said.

The Greene County Probation Department will determine the next step in the case.

“The investigation is closed,” Darling said.

The district’s armed security was notified immediately as a precaution, according to the statement from the Catskill school district.

“We take safety and security very seriously,” Cook said Wednesday.

The situation was handled by Questar staff with the assistance of Catskill police.