Student detained for firing BB gun over classmates' heads
A 17-year-old girl is being held in custody at Olmsted County's juvenile detention center after allegedly shooting a BB gun multiple times over students' heads Tuesday at an alternative school in Dover, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.
It isn't clear if the girl was standing on school property when she fired the gun at Valley View Learning Center, but BBs did strike objects in the school yard such as a basketball hoop, said Detective Brad Nelson.
"We don't have evidence that she shot at anyone or assaulted anyone," Nelson said.
A teacher later found the BB gun in the girl's car, which was parked on school property, Nelson said. The incident was reported at around 1 p.m., and the girl was uncooperative with an officer who arrived at the school and took her into custody, Nelson said.
The charges filed against the girl will likely be for possession of the BB gun on school property and carrying the BB gun in a public place, Nelson said.
There have been at least three similar incidents around the area recently at schools, including one at Byron High School where a student allegedly talked about shooting classmates, Nelson said. The sheriff's office wants to take "a hard line" on such incidents, he added.