Police: Student brought BB gun to Central York school

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
Central York Middle School in Springettsbury Township, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Police have seized a BB gun brought to Central York Middle School by one student and photographed by a second.

Springettsbury Township Police Lt. Tony Beam said the BB gun looked like an actual handgun.

At this point in the investigation, police have not found evidence to suggest either of the boys threatened anyone with the weapon, he said.

Shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, the Central York School District alerted township police to "a disturbing photo circulating on social media," according to a police news release.

The photo, taken by one student, showed another student holding the gun in a middle-school boys' restroom, Beam said. It was not pointed at anyone in the photo, he confirmed.

Investigators identified the two middle-school students involved, and they were questioned Friday, police said.

Central York Middle School in Springettsbury Township, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Facing charges: The investigation is ongoing and the boys are facing charges, Beam said. Police and the York County District Attorney's Office are working to determine the appropriate charges, he said.

Possible penalties for the boys include being committed to a juvenile detention center, the lieutenant confirmed.

Beam said it's a fairly rare occurrence that his department gets reports of weapons on school property.

The photo was taken Thursday, Feb. 15, and posted on social media, according to police.

Central York School District posted a statement online Friday saying the district learned of the incident after several parents and guardians alerted them to the Snapchat photo.

"Because of your outreach to us and police, law enforcement and school officials were able to respond quickly and effectively," the statement reads. "We are grateful to our community for your willingness to reach out and share information so that police could take swift action to correct the situation."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Springettsbury Township Police at 717-757-3525.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.