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‘Look-alike’ weapon was made of plastic
McKeesport Area High School was put on lockdown Monday morning after a plastic BB gun was discovered in a student’s backpack.
City police Chief Adam Alfer said the investigation is ongoing and that charges had not been filed. The student involved is 16 years old and attends the high school, he said.
Tube City Almanac does not identify suspects who are charged as juveniles.
Alfer said officers from McKeesport, White Oak and Penn State Greater Allegheny were dispatched after Allegheny County 9-1-1 received a report that a handgun had been spotted in a student’s belongings.
Although the high school has metal detectors, Alfer said the gun was made of plastic and would not have triggered a search.No injuries were reported, he said.
In a statement released Monday, the district called the pellet gun a “look-alike weapon” and said the student will be disciplined following MASD policy.
School police and McKeesport officers remained present on campus throughout Monday as a precaution, the district said, but activities returned to a normal schedule and no student or staff was in danger.
Originally published January 23, 2023.