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Students suspended after swapping airsoft gun for tablet at Irondale school

This is a picture of the type of airsoft gun brought to the school. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC This is a picture of the type of airsoft gun brought to the school. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC
IRONDALE, AL (WBRC) -

"We were surprised at how real it actually looked," said Irondale Police Detective Michael Mangina about a BB gun found at a school in Irondale.

Mangina says an 8-year-old is accused of bringing an Airsoft BB gun to the Irondale Community School Tuesday.

"The gun was never pointed at anyone. It didn't have the plastic BBs in it," said Mangina.

Mangina says the student brought it to make a swap with another 8-year-old student for a computer tablet.

The principal of the school, Chuck Yeager, says he believes the kid's intentions were innocent. He says the swap was made inside the school and, later that day, some students saw it on a school bus and told the bus driver. Mangina says there was a total of four kids involved, but Yeager says only two of them were suspended.

"We want to stress that at no time were our kids in any danger. The kids kind of decided to make a dumb mistake to decide to bring a gun to school," Mangina said.

There is a zero tolerance policy in Jefferson County Schools for guns or anything that looks like a gun. Principal Yeager says the 8-year-olds were given a Class 3 offense and suspended. They could face expulsion or time at an alternative school.

Principal Yeager says he took a few phone calls from people concerned about why parents were not made aware of this incident. Yeager says it is because the gun was a toy; it was not loaded and there was not eminent danger, but he says the school took this situation very seriously.

The two 8-year-olds will have a hearing at the Jefferson County Board of Education on Friday.

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