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Teens charged in BB incident

No one was injured when the shots hit a school bus, a police report said.
Friday, October 28, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:22 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Two Oakland Junior High School students were arrested Wednesday after shooting a pellet gun loaded with BBs at a parked school bus, police said.

The boys, ages 15 and 16, were on a school bus parked at Lange Middle School, 2201 E. Smiley Lane, when they shot the gun from the window of the bus, hitting a parked bus that had come from the junior high, a police report said. No one was injured in the incident.

The driver of the bus at which students were shooting called police, and the boys were taken into custody about 3 p.m. Wednesday, said Sgt. Eric White, supervisor of the Columbia Police Department’s Youth Services Unit.

The boys, whose names were not released because they are juveniles, were charged with unlawful use of a weapon, which is a Class A misdemeanor, White said.

The students were released to their parents.

Kim Presko, the principal of Oakland, said the students will be suspended. She said she would consult with Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase to determine the length of their suspensions. Chase said the length of the suspensions had not yet been determined.

The school had a similar incident earlier this year when a student brought a BB gun to school. Although that student did not use the weapon, he was suspended for bringing the gun to school.

Presko said the school was sending a letter home with students explaining the incident and asking parents to talk with their children about reporting potentially violent incidents.


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