Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Everything is back to normal at Southview Elementary in Chippewa Falls after a student showed two classmates a gun Thursday afternoon.
According to a press release from the Chippewa Falls School District, two Southview students reported a fellow student showed them a gun in a backpack. After seeing the gun, the two students immediately reported it to staff.
The school was placed on a "hold" while staff took the gun and called police. School administration and police determined the gun was a plastic airsoft pistol. The pistol did not have a cartridge.
Within 20 minutes of the report, law enforcement had searched the school, and it was back to normal status.
The student will be referred to the juvenile justice system for consideration of charges. Police said this was an isolated incident and at no time were students or staff targeted for harm.
The school district sent a letter to parents alerting them to the situation Thursday afternoon. Staff also held a meeting to come up with a game plan on how they would address the incident with students on Friday.
News 18 reached out to Dan Marcon from Marc-On Shooting. He told us airsoft guns are one step up from Nerf guns but look more realistic. He said they shoot small rubber or plastic pellets, about the size of a piece of corn. He said depending on the type of pistol, pellets could leave a small welt.
Here is a press release, including a letter to parents.