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Poplar Bluff, MO school officials speak out about students bringing weapons to school

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POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

We're learning from police that the phony firearms are making their way into the halls of one Heartland school - and school officials are not happy about it. 

Scott Dill, Superintendent of Schools for the Poplar Bluff School District, said bringing these air soft guns to school is serious, and will have consequences.

"These incidents are atypical for our school district. We have a lot of kids here who have been in school a while now and we just don't have a lot of these things happen," Scott Dill, Superintendent of Schools for the Poplar Bluff School District said.

He said in the past few months, two incidents happened involving air soft pistols: one at the middle school and the other at the junior high.

"We had an incident where it was reported that there was an air soft pistol on campus we found the pistol we were not able to tie it to a specific student in that particular case," Dill said.

Kenny Carpenter, Officer for the Poplar Bluff Police Department, said he was involved in the incident at the middle school about a month ago.

"They're almost identical to a real weapon, it's unbelievable, the likeness... So it could be scary if somebody [saw] it and didn't know it was an air soft, and didn't see the orange tip and it could cause somebody to be scared," Carpenter said.

Carpenter said communication prevented anything from happening, and has a warning for parents.

"Make sure that [you] know what's in these kids backpacks and what they're doing and bringing to school," he said.

Dill said bringing a weapon, even an air soft gun, is a serious offense and could even end in a school suspension of up to 180 days.

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