Chester RCMP have charged two 14-year-old females in relation to a weapons complaint.
On February 27th, Chester RCMP received information indicating that on February 26th, two students had been in possession of an air-soft gun at a Chester area school.
Police attended the school and during the course of the investigation, were able to substantiate the information and seize the air-soft gun. As a result, both Chester-area youths were arrested and charged on March 4th with Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose.
‘Although air-soft guns are meant for recreational purposes, bringing them into public places like a school is extremely concerning for police,’ says S/Sgt. Jean-Guy Richard, Lunenburg County RCMP District Commander. ‘Even from a short distance away, someone that’s highly trained would have a hard time determining if an air-soft gun is a real weapon or not. We have to treat them as real weapons.’
S/Sgt. Richard added, ‘ We encourage parents to discuss with their children the dangers and serious consequences associated with bringing a replica hand gun into public places.’
Both females were released and are scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on April 8th.
Note to media: photo of seized air-soft gun attached.