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Student banned from class for remainder year, and possibly forever, following an incident with an air pistol

AMHERST - A 17-year-old Amherst Regional High School charged after bringing an air pistol to school in early May will not be returning to classes this year.

AMHERST - A 17-year-old Amherst Regional High School charged after bringing an air pistol to school in early May will not be returning to classes this year.

Chignecto Family of Schools supervisor Scott Milner confirmed Friday the student is out until at least September and may not ever return to classes at ARHS.

"He was handled through our policy like any other student would be and he has been suspended for the remainder of the school year," Milner said.

It's the second incident involving an air pistol. Another student was suspended for 77 days in October after bringing a weapon on to a school bus while in this incident, the student will receive a 34-day suspension. Police investigated that incident, but did not lay charges.

The Grade 11 student, arrested on May 1, is expected to return to court sometime in June to answer to a charge of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace.

Milner said the student's educational needs are being handled by a special teacher, who acts as a liaison between the school and the student.

The student in question could return to school in September, or because of his age attend adult high school downtown.

The student, whose name is protected by the Youth Justice Act, was apprehended without incident after students told school officials they saw what looked like a handgun.

The gun turned out to be a life-like pellet handgun. There were no injuries and the gun was not discharged.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • Emma
    January 18, 2010 - 11:16

    Real gun or not, the threat is still there...the students who saw the gun would not know that it was only a pellet gun...and even a pellet gun can still cause injury!!! I fear for the future of our schools if something is not done about this...and fast!

  • Rick
    January 18, 2010 - 10:46

    Not in the far to distant past, a moment in stupidity would likely have ended up with a slap on the wrist and rightly so. I am sure all of us have done something stupid that we are not proud about.
    However we no longer live in a world that one can take the chance that this was just a moment of stupidity. I agree with the decision of the school and the town, but hopefully some sort of counseling or psychological evaluation is provided to this individual to determine if he is in fact a threat to society. If he is deem ok then he should be allowed to return to school after his probation.