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Students’ comments, toy gun posed no danger to Jurupa Valley elementary campus, authorities say

By in Press Enterprise on October 7, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A student at Granite Hill Elementary School in Jurupa Valley brought a plastic toy gun on campus Tuesday, Oct. 3, which prompted an investigation that determined no students or staff were in any danger, according to officials with Jurupa Unified School District and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The toy was described as a black, plastic, non-projectile gun with an orange tip.

“The School Resource Officer investigated the situation and spoke with student and parent,” Denise Collins, senior executive assistant in the school superintendent’s office, wrote in an email.

The resource officer is a sworn Riverside County sheriff’s deputy.

Sheriff’s officials had received a call about suspicious comments made by a juvenile, but the resource officer investigated and “deemed there was no threat to the public, children or staff,” sheriff’s spokesman Mike Vasquez wrote in an email.

Officials did not share the nature of the comments.

For confidentiality reasons, the district cannot address potential consequences in an individual incident. Collins wrote that, in general, consequences would depend on the circumstances, age, disciplinary history and other factors.

Steps may include counseling a student, disciplinary action, a parent meeting and/or law enforcement contact.

Laws require that non-firing toy, fake guns must have orange markings around the barrel to distinguish them from real weapons capable of firing projectiles.

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