Student arrested for bringing pellet gun, knife to Indian River High School

DAGSBORO – Delaware State Police arrested a 17-year-old Indian River High School student Monday after he was found to have a pellet gun and knife while in school.

According to state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, the incident occurred Feb. 8 just before noon.

Concerned students alerted Indian River High School administrators that a male student was in possession of a knife and gun.

The state police school resource officer was contacted and cleared the classroom in which the student was assigned at the time.

A search of the student by the detective revealed an 8-inch knife in his boot and a CO2 pellet gun in his book bag, Cpl. Fournier said.

The student, who is from the Bethany Beach area, was removed from the school and transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon (knife) and carrying a concealed deadly weapon (a firearm).  He was arraigned at JP3 and released to the custody of a parent pending arraignment in family court at a later date, Cpl. Fournier said.

In a statement, Indian River School District Superintendent Dr. Susan Bunting said that “no students or staff members were injured during this incident. The student has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation by the Delaware State Police.”

“I would like to commend the School Safety Monitor who took immediate action to detain the student and confiscate the weapons. For purposes such as this, we placed armed School Security Monitors in all of our schools three years ago. Monday’s incident shows how invaluable these constables are to our building personnel,” said Dr. Bunting. “The Indian River School District is committed to insuring the safety of every student during the school day and parents can rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to make our buildings secure.”

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