BB gun brought to South Central High School baseball practice under investigation

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

School officials and police are investigating after police say a LaPorte County high school student brought a BB gun rifle on campus during baseball practice.

A freshman at South Central High School brought the BB gun to practice on May 14 with the intent of taking it to a friend’s house later that day, the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office said. The rifle was kept in a case and placed in the press box.

“It is important to note that the BB gun was never displayed, was never used in a threatening matter and at no time was anyone placed in danger,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

The head coach notified school administrators after finding out about the BB gun, who then notified police. School officials and police each conducted their own investigation, and police forwarded the results of their investigation to the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office.

“In this day and age, we will take complaints like this seriously and we appreciate the school’s staff as well as the school community for their understanding while this matter was investigated,” Sheriff John Boyd said.

Under Indiana law, having a gun on school property, on a property used by a school for a school function or on a school bus is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.