Education

Student found with BB gun at Jefferson High

Second BB gun confiscated in Cedar Rapids Schools this month

Jefferson High School in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Jefferson High School in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A BB gun that closely resembled a firearm was found at Jefferson High School on Thursday, police said.

The BB gun was confiscated this morning, Cedar Rapids Police Department spokesman Greg Buelow said, by school administrators and Jefferson’s school resource officer.

A student found the weapon in another student’s bag, according to the Cedar Rapids Community School District, and alerted administrators.

No threat was made to the school, according to the district.

The student has been charged with a city violation of carrying weapons, punishable with a maximum $625 fine.

The Cedar Rapids Community School District did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

The weapon is the second BB gun to be found at a Cedar Rapids high school this month. A BB gun was discovered Sept. 9 in a student’s backpack at Kennedy High School.

The Kennedy student, a juvenile, was charged with a city violation of carrying weapons.

Under Cedar Rapids school board policy, a student in possession of a weapon on school grounds “will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.”

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In Iowa City, police on Wednesday found a loaded gun in the bag of a Tate Alternative High School student.

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