RNC investigates pellet gun incident at Booth

Student who brought handgun replica to school questioned by police

Josh Pennell Josh.pennell@thetelegram.com
Published on June 18, 2014

Booth Memorial High School student was taken into police custody Tuesday morning after allegedly bringing a pellet gun to the St. John’s school.

The RNC got the call about 9:45 a.m. from the vice-principal of the school who had been notified by another student that a male student at Booth had a possible weapon.

Schools in the immediate area, including Bishop Abraham Elementary and Bishops College, among others, were notified and put into secure school mode, meaning access was not allowed.

About a dozen RNC officers were sent to the area along with two K-9 units.

At 11 a.m., the RNC said, one K-9 unit found the male in the vicinity of the school. He was immediately taken into custody.

The second K-9 unit found the weapon — a handheld pellet gun — in some bushes at the edge of the Salvation Army building next to Booth.

“It is a replica of a handgun,” Const. Steve Curnew told reporters Tuesday morning just before lunch.

Curnew said the matter is still under investigation.

“He’s being questioned, so we’re unsure what his intentions were with this weapon.”

There were no injuries in the incident. Schools were taken off secure mode once the student was in custody.