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UPDATE: Teen Waved BB Gun in Lakeland High School Parking Lot, Police Say

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UPDATE: "We are aware of the situation and taking appropriate actions," said schools Superintendent George Stone. "We are cooperating with the Yorktown Police Department in their investigation and appreciate their continued work of helping to maintain safety in and around our buildings."

Yorktown police were conducting an undercover drug investigation outside Lakeland High School last evening when officers saw an 18-year-old waving something that looked a lot like a gun in the parking lot. 

The Shrub Oak resident, whose name is being withheld because he is eligible for Youthful Offender status, was stopped by Officer Daniel Kaen. Investigation revealed the weapon was a BB gun.

The teen was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school grounds, a violation. He was released and is due in Town Court July 22.





Dave June 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Sounds like they're being over-enforced to me. A lot of bb guns are less harmful than actual toys. If he's a student of the school, he should be disciplined by the school, and if not, then he should be banned from the premises. What's next, charging teenagers for having catapults? nerf guns? water pistols? There needs to be a more sensible way of dealing with these situations that does not involve a court appearance.
Emilia June 21, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Gun laws can never be "over-enforced." BB guns can do a lot of damage, such as putting an eye out! A court appearance is in order to make him aware of the potential danger.
Guarags30 June 25, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Dave, he is 18 and should know better. A lot of these kids are safer from criminal prosecution at school. They bring drugs to school and get a 5 day suspension. No wonder a lot of these districts have kids over dosing every year. Im happy to see the district get tough on these kids. Its not a school matter it is a matter of safety and the police should be involved. So if it was a real gun is that a school matter? Maybe the hall monitors can start taking away weapons from students....
Dave June 26, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Emilia: so anyone who brings something to a school that can potentially blind someone should be arrested? And Guarags30 that is a false equivalence. A real gun is obviously a matter of public safety and not simply school discipline. A real gun can go off accidently and easily kill someone. They are not even remotely comparable. Also, drugs are irrelevant in this case. Kids like to push boundaries. If you drag them in front of a court for something stupid like this then they'll have even less respect for the system than they started with.
Emilia June 26, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Dave, you're making light of a serious situation. I am not saying that students should not bring pencils to school (for instance) because they can put an eye out, but a BB gun should not be allowed, nor should any type of gun! Kids NEED TO KNOW the boundaries. A court appearance is in order in this case, in that it will also set a precedent for others who might try to bring a weapon of some kind to school. And, yes, I consider a BB gun to be a weapon. Are you actually saying that students should be allowed to bring BB guns to school?? SERIOUSLY?

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