Airsoft gun found on grounds of Newport News school

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 6:00 PM

Denbigh High School

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NEWPORT NEWS - A high school student could be expelled for having a look-alike gun on school property.

A Denbigh High School student reported the situation Wednesday morning, putting the school on lockdown for about 20 minutes. 

Authorities searched in and around the school around 10:00 am. and found an airsoft pistol in a bush, said spokeswoman Michelle Price. She explained it resembles a Colt Mustang gun.

She also said a phone message has gone out to parents about the situation.

Online dealers say the airsoft guns fire 6mm "bbs" and come in three types: automatic electric, gas powered and spring powered.

Newport News Police say no criminal charges will be placed against the student.   It is not a “firearm” and thus did not meet the state code for possessing a “firearm” on school property, stated spokesman Lou Thurston.

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