Sonoma Co. Deputies: Boy Shoots Pellet Gun at 3 Students at Charter School

Incident occurred during noon hour at Wright Charter School.

A 10-year-old boy fired a plastic pellet gun at three students at Wright Charter School in unincorporated Santa Rosa on Monday, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

A 9-year-old boy brought the clear plastic gun with an orange tip to school to trade it with a 10-year-old boy, sheriff's officials said.

The older boy then shot three students with the pellet gun around noon, sheriff's Lt. Mark Essick said.

The plastic pellets are about one-fifth of an inch long, or a little bigger than a BB, Essick said. School officials found out about the incident and later called the sheriff's office.

The school decided to handle the incident through the school district and its policies, sheriff's officials said. Sheriff's deputies took an incident report but no arrests were made.

Sheriff's officials said they planned to meet with parents and school administrators today to discuss the incident. School Superintendent Adam Stein did not return a call this morning.

The K-8 Wright Charter School at 4389 Price Ave. is in unincorporated Sonoma County east of Sebastopol and just outside Santa Rosa's southwest city limit.

The school's curriculum and instruction offers an eco-literacy and environmental stewardship focus.

--Bay City News
Erich Williams April 29, 2014 at 07:38 PM
My nephew was suspended for 1 week and faced an expulsion hearing for simply bringing a knife to school that he wanted to show his buddies. I hope this young man will face similar punishment from the school district. Also the parents of the children that were shot should decide whether to press charges or not rather than the school district. After the incident with Andy Lopez, kids need to leave their weapons at home and the parents need to take responsibility to ensure they do.
Sandy Murphey May 02, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Parents have a responsibility to see that children don't have "weapons" of any kind....at home or at school. Parents and kids are aware of the potential danger from even toy guns. Andy Lopez was killed by police because he had a "toy" gun. I think it's time to stop giving kids toy weapons, unless we're prepared to face the consequences of their actions with them, which could be physical harm or even death. We must decide what our priorities are. Would a parent let a small child cross the street alone, knowing that they are no match for traffic? Would a parent allow a child to have a toy weapon knowing that the primary use of such a toy is an act of agression, even in play. It's summertime, so arm them with water ballons, instead of water guns. I'd love to see all toy guns banned. I realize that our country was built on war, but at what point do we stop that destructive pattern? How many more young people have to lose their lives in the face of this agressive behavior that so many people condone as our "right". Yes, it is our right. Our right to encourage our children to kill or be killed. Let's not allow those rights to be taken from us!


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