MADISON, Wis. - Two Madison Memorial students are facing charges after flashing a BB gun at a student from a neighboring district. School resource officers from Madison and Middleton worked together to quickly track down the students.
On Tuesday, two 16-year-old James Madison Memorial High School students were arrested in the Thomas Jefferson Middle School parking lot in Madison for allegedly pointing a handgun at a Middleton High School student Monday morning.
Earlier in the day, the Middleton High School resource officer had alerted other school resource officers in the area about the incident via email. A school resource officer from James Madison Memorial High School thought he recognized the vehicle described in the email. He took a screen grab of the car off of surviellance video and sent it to the Middleton officer, who confirmed it was a match.
The James Madison Memorial High School resource officer saw the teens pull into the middle school parking lot and called for backup.
After a search of the vehicle, officers found three BB guns that officers said looked "very real." The two teens were arrested. Madison public information officer, Joel DeSpain said the fact that the guns turned out to be BB guns doesn't diminish the seriousness of the situation.
"We do know that there are a lot of teens who are carrying real guns. So if you are driving around wiht a fake gun and you point it at someone who has a real gun, there may be real bullets that are flying in your direciton," DeSpain said.
"We owe the result of this investigation to the brave student who reported the concern and the true collaboration across multiple police departments and school communities. As always, we take the safety and security of students and staff seriously. We would like to thank everyone involved in this situation for their quick response in the ongoing effort to keep our community safe," Perry Hibner, the spokesperson for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District said.
"We do not have reason to believe at this time that the BB guns were in our school building at any point, but given that they were found in a vehicle on school grounds, I wanted to notify you. Any time any kind of weapon is found on school grounds, we take it very seriously. I also want to underscore that there is and was no threat to Memorial or Jefferson students or staff," Matt Hendrickson, the principal at Memorial High School said.
Police are also investigating if reports of car windows being shot out by BBs in the Memorial High School parking lot Monday morning are connected to the teens.
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