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Three Chapel Hill students face school weapons charges

Posted November 4, 2010 1:35 p.m. EDT
Updated November 4, 2010 3:09 p.m. EDT

— Police detained three Culbreth Middle School students Thursday morning after finding a BB gun at the school, officials said.

Two sixth-grade boys, ages 13 and 11, were displaying weapons while riding a bus to school, and they ran off upon arriving at Culbreth Middle, said Stephanie Knott, spokeswoman for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Another student reported the incident to a school official, and Culbreth Middle was placed on lockdown while police searched for the two boys, Knott said. The lockdown lasted about an hour.

Officers found the boys near the school. The 13-year-old had a cap gun, police said.

The BB gun was found in a backpack in a school locker room during a subsequent search, Knott said. Police said a 14-year-old student was detained after the gun was found.

All three students have been suspended from school.

Juvenile petitions charging the boys with possession of a weapon on school property were expected to be filed Thursday afternoon.