B.B. Gun Prompts School Lockdown


by The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police were called to a high school after getting a report of a student with a gun.
Police say Dimond High School was placed on "lock-down" status Tuesday morning.
Police spokeswoman Dani Myren says 15 police officers were on-scene within a minute of receiving the call at 9:35 a.m. She says a 16-year-old is accused of pointing what appeared to be a handgun at another student. It took the other student about an hour to report the incident to school officials.
The 16-year-old was taken into custody, and is facing charges of terroristic threatening, misconduct involving a weapon and assault. Police say the weapon, a BB gun that closely resembles a Glock 40 handgun, was found in the student's backpack.

The school district is proud of the high school staff for their fast thinking during the incident, "There's potential to freeze and panic and not know what to do. They did exactly what they've been trained to do and that's really commendable," said Anchorage school district spokeswoman,Hiedi Embley.