A student seen with a gun prompted fears of a school shooting and a lockdown at Roselawn high School Monday morning. However, the gun turned out to be an air-soft gun and never made it onto the campus, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident began about 6:40 a.m. Monday when a Turlock Unified School District employee called 911 after seeing a student in possession of a gun in his waistband while walking in the direction of a bus stop in the area of 9th and F streets that routinely takes students to Roselawn High School.
The Roselawn campus was placed on a lockdown and students were searched and questioned at the campus, according to the TUSD Superintendent Dana Salles Trevethan.
“Student and staff safety continued to be of highest priority throughout the morning incident,” Trevethan said.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and the Turlock Police Department conducted the investigation and searched the campus and the bus. As the investigation progressed they learned that the gun was being returned at the bus stop by a 15-year-old boy to his 16-year-old friend.
The sheriff’s department said the 16-year-old boy hid the gun in the area of the bus stop because he did not want to get in trouble for being in possession of a weapon on a school campus. The air-soft gun was recovered near the bus stop.
The student never made any threats against the school or any other students and had no intention of bringing the gun to the campus. As such, no criminal charges were filed against the student. Any disciplinary action would be at the direction of Roselawn High School.
The lockdown was lifted around 9 a.m. and school resumed as normal.