MPD: 16-year-old arrested after taking airsoft gun to La Follette High School

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police say a 16-year-old has been arrested after allegedly bringing an airsoft gun to La Follette High School Monday morning.

Officers were called to the high school just after 9 a.m. Monday after an airsoft gun was found in the teen’s backpack. Officers found an airsoft magazine inside look-alike gun. Police, who initially said the gun was real, also said the weapon was reported as stolen. It’s unclear if that’s still true after police determined it was an airsoft gun.

Madison Metropolitan School District spokesperson Tim LeMonds told News 3 Now that members of the administrative team overheard a conversation between two students that referenced a weapon. LeMonds says staff spoke to the students involved, and the weapon was found during that investigation. Police were called for assistance once staff found the gun.

“Bringing any weapon into our school buildings is a very serious matter and we are treating it as such,” LeMonds said.

Madison police say they do not know as of now why the student had the gun in his bag. No other details about the incident were immediately available. The teenager was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center, and LeMonds says police are continuing to investigate.

LeMonds says the district requested an additional police presence during lunch and after school dismissal as a precaution.

A previous version of this story said the 16-year-old brought a real gun to school, based on initial reports from MPD officials saying the gun was real. An MPD spokesperson confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the gun was actually an airsoft gun.