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Pellet gun taken to area school

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A Custer Baker Intermediate School student faces expulsion after bringing a pellet gun to the Franklin school Thursday to show other students.

School officials found out about the pellet gun after the student bragged to her classmates about having it with her. Another Custer Baker student told a teacher, who took the pellet gun and reported what happened to the school’s principal, director of operations Bill Doty said.

Custer Baker officials also called the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, which is a standard safety procedure when a firearm or firearm lookalike is found.

Sheriff’s deputies took a report but did not arrest the student, Doty said.

The pellet gun wasn’t loaded, Doty said, and the student didn’t have any pellets with her.

He said Franklin’s policy is that students who bring lookalike guns to school can be expelled, but school officials don’t know yet what kind of discipline the student will face.

Doty praised the other student who quickly told a teacher about the pellet gun, and anytime parents or students are concerned about school safety they need to quickly notify a school official, he said.

“It was handled swiftly by the faculty and administration at Custer Baker,” Doty said. “Kudos to the classmate for reporting it right away.”

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