Police were on Desmond Middle School’s campus Thursday after staff received reports that a student was in possession of a firearm. But, the weapon was a bulletless starter pistol used for track meets, according to the Madera Unified School District.
Some students were identified for having the pistol, according to police, although they haven’t said how many were involved.
“School administration collaborated with the Madera Police Department to put forth the appropriate safety actions to ensure a quick apprehension of the involved students. The identified students were quickly located and apprehended without resistance,” Madera Unified spokesman Babatunde Ilori said in a statement. “The firearm was located and it was determined that it was a starter pistol for track meets which means that it does not utilize ammunition.”
While the district worked with police, classes were not interrupted during the investigation, which happened just before 9 a.m.
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“We encourage our students to report anything unusual to school officials,” Ilori said. “Our safety plan was effective and the students responded calmly to all directives from staff and law enforcement.”
Desmond Middle enrolls more than 800 students.