Eighth-Grader Taken Into Custody After Bringing Airsoft Guns to School

An eighth-grader was taken into custody Monday after bringing several Airsoft guns to his Alhambra elementary school, police said.

Staff at Fremont Elementary School at 2001 S. Elm St. called police after being alerted by a student that a fellow pupil was seen in a school restroom lighting a paper towel on fire with a cigarette lighter, according to Alhambra police Sgt. Steven Carr.

"After determining that there was no fire, staff brought the student in and located an Airsoft gun in his backpack,'' according to Carr. "A subsequent search of the student's locker revealed two additional Airsoft guns.''

The guns, which fire plastic pellets, "were clearly identifiable as toys as their orange high-visibility markers had not been removed and/or altered," Carr said.

The student, whose name was withheld because of his age, was taken into custody, Carr said.

It's unclear if he was since been released.

"There were no injuries and no property damage related to this incident,'' Carr said.

"Fremont Elementary School was placed on a lockdown for approximately 10 minutes during the onset of the investigation. The lockdown was lifted when it was determined that there were no other students involved." 

Alhambra Unified School District officials notified parents of the situation, Carr said.

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