HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Four Holyoke High School students accused of bringing a BB-gun to school have been arrested.
Holyoke Police Lieutenant Jim Albert told 22News the four 14 year-old boys are being charged with carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds and disturbing a school assembly. Three of the juveniles are from Holyoke, while one is a resident of Springfield.
Albert said the BB-gun looked like a real firearm, and that the average person or even an officer would not be able to tell it was fake at a glance.
In a letter sent out to parents, Holyoke High School Interim Principal Dana Brown said no students or staff members were in danger at any time on Wednesday. He wrote in the letter that they were made aware of the BB gun after police alerted them to photos posted on social media – one of which showed a student in possession of the gun on school grounds.
The principal reiterated in the letter to parents that student safety is their number one priority and that they have no tolerance for any actions that compromise the well-being of the school community. He said the students will be disciplined to the fullest extent possible in accordance with district policy and laws.
The names of the students will not be released due to their age.
Albert said they are expected to be arraigned in Holyoke Juvenile Court.