Newark Police Alerted After Child Brings Gun To School

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NEWARK, DE – Newark police were alerted after a child brought a gun to school on Friday. In the end, it turned out to be a toy gun.

“On May 20, at about 8:52 a.m., Newark Police were notified by the staff at John R. Downes Elementary School, 220 Casho Mill Road, that they received a report that a student brought a BB gun to school.  A Newark Police School Resource Officer (SRO) responded to the school and found the staff already had the student in the office,” the department said.

Police investigated the incident and determined that an 11-year-old student brought a plastic gun, which was an obvious toy and not a BB gun, to school and was showing it to other students. 

“Another student alerted school staff and staff immediately contacted the student with the toy.  The student turned over the toy gun to staff,” police said. “The SRO took custody of the toy gun and the student’s parent was notified.”

There were no threats involved and no crime has been established to have occurred.