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Highland High School confiscates airsoft gun from student’s car after social media post

Highland schools have fewer kids this year than last year, but still slightly more than two years ago. Schools use the enrollment on the sixth day of classes to determine their official numbers for the year, which are used for a number of purposes including state funding. Highland’s enrollment for 2019-20 is 2,869 students, which is 12 fewer than last year overall.
Highland schools have fewer kids this year than last year, but still slightly more than two years ago. Schools use the enrollment on the sixth day of classes to determine their official numbers for the year, which are used for a number of purposes including state funding. Highland’s enrollment for 2019-20 is 2,869 students, which is 12 fewer than last year overall. News-Leader file photo

An airsoft gun was confiscated Friday morning at Highland High School after video of a student brandishing what looked to be a deadly weapon was posted on social media.

Highland superintendent Mike Sutton said that around 6:30 a.m., a parent reported the social media post to the Highland Police Department.

The police department contacted the district, at which point Chris Flake, the school resource officer, became involved in the investigation, according to Sutton.

Sutton said that Flake visited the student, who filmed and posted the video, but was not in it. Sutton said the student explained the gun was not a real weapon, and that there was no threat to the school in the video.

The video was most likely created on Aug. 30, Sutton said.

“No threat was ever made to the school or a student,” he added.

Before school began, Sutton said Flake located the student featured in the video in the HHS parking lot, and the student consented to a vehicle search.

Sutton said Flake found and confiscated a airsoft gun inside the car. An airsoft gun is essentially a BB gun made to look like a replica weapon for airsoft sports.

“The airsoft gun is in the possession of the school resource officer,” Sutton said.

The situation was handed off to school administration, which “took the appropriate actions,” according to Sutton.

A letter explaining the situation was sent out to HHS parents later that day.

The letter informed parents and students that the district will not tolerate bringing any weapons, including look a likes or airsoft guns, to school. Doing so could result in a 10-day out-of-school suspension with possible referral for expulsion, the letter stated.

As for future events, Sutton said the school district will remain vigilant and investigate any possible threats to the school district to the fullest extent.

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