Printed on: December 13, 2012

Toy prompts lockdown

By Ruth Brown

Police responded Wednesday morning to a report of a 15-year-old Skyline High School student with a possible weapon.

Idaho Falls police responded at 10:43 a.m. and determined the boy had an airsoft pistol in his locker, police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said. The boy was arrested for possession of a weapon or firearm on school property, a misdemeanor. Hansen declined to give the student's name or grade.

The crime is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

According to online retailer Airsoft GI, airsoft guns are air-powered guns "that replicate real firearms" and "fire ballistic projectors," typically plastic balls.

Skyline students were put on lockdown after the report was called in but went back to their normal school day within an hour, Hansen said.

No students or staff at Skyline were injured during the incident.

Ruth Brown can be reached at 542-6750.