(2-25-19) In an email sent to the media this morning:
The Celina Police Department investigated an on-line post made by one of our high school students last night. It involved an AirSoft pellet gun. The police shared after their investigation that there was no threat to students or the school.
Celina Police Department Release
On Sunday, February 24, 2019 at about 10:43 PM Celina officers responded to a complaint from a concerned citizen regarding threats to the City Schools. A Celina High School student was involved with a group on social media and posted a video clip of himself holding a realistic looking handgun. He told the others that they had better not go to school the next day.
The caller was rightfully concerned and reported the incident to police. The investigation revealed that the gun was an airsoft BB gun which did look real. The student who made the post was cooperative with police and stated it was a joke. Officials at the Celina City Schools were notified and will take disciplinary actions. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is also expected to file charges later today for inducing panic.
The Celina Police Department takes this and all such incidents which present a threat or potential threat to our students seriously. We will always investigate pursue charges regardless of the reasoning behind the threat. These types in incidents are never a joke and will never be treated as such.
What is an Airsoft Pellet gun?
Although Airsoft pellet guns have been around for more than 30 years, only recently have Airsoft guns begun to take off in the U.S. market. Today, Airsoft guns are attracting some of the top technical talent in the market. Although gas-powered versions of the Airsoft pellet guns were considered the top of the line at their inception, today electric Airsoft guns and Airsoft rifles have come to dominate the field. The best air guns offer firing action, weight, materials and accuracy rivaling their deadly counterparts, the traditional gun.