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Thursday 01/20/2011 10:55 AM - Simulated Weapon on School Campus

Contact: Rob Bryn
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Simulated Weapon on School Campus
Date and Time of Incident: 1-20-11 7:57 AM
Place of Occurrence: Santa Margarita Elementary School, 2070 H St., Santa Margarita
Victim Information: State of California
Suspect Information: 7 year old female juvenile
Details of News Release: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's School Resources Officers (SRO) are reminding parents that even toy weapons taken to school for "Show and Tell" are prohibited. A seven year old student boarded a bus routed to Santa Margarita Elementary on Thursday morning with a "air soft pistol". These simulated firearms resemble actual weapons and can be mistaken for real guns. Air soft guns discharge a small plastic pellet, similar to a "BB". Air soft look-a-like weapons are required to have a red plastic tipped barrel to help identify the weapon as non-lethal, however it is still possible to misidentify the toy as a real gun. School authorities immediately removed the toy and summoned sheriff's school resource officers. A letter will be sent to parents warning them of the importance of screening show and tell items and the law prohibiting weapons, simulated or real from coming onto campus.

Prepared By: rbryn
Released: Thursday 01/20/2011 12:14 PM