4:30 p.m. update — Alexandria Police Department spokesperson Ashley Hildrebrandt said “a kid handed out three Airsoft BB guns” to friends to play with on Friday at Mount Vernon Recreation Center. A female student was “hit accidentally” by a BB and reported the incident.
Hildebrandt did not know if the students were in session at Mount Vernon Community School or if they were ACPS students who attend other schools that were participating in programs at the recreation center connected to MVCS.
MVCS operates on a modified calendar and started school on Aug. 1. Other schools in Alexandria return to classes on Sept. 4.
The parents of the children involved were all contacted, Hildebrandt said.
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Mount Vernon Community School Principal Peter Balas sent a letter home with students on Friday informing parents that a student was found with a BB gun on the school’s playground at approximately 1 p.m.
No students were injured.
“In order to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff, the administrators responded immediately by identifying the student and confiscating the BB gun,” Balas wrote. “The Alexandria Police Department and the Superintendent were subsequently informed of the occurrence.”
Balas wrote that the school’s administration is cooperating with the police and the superintendent’s office in investigating the incident. In his letter, he added “the safety of our children is our primary concern.”
A spokesperson with the Alexandria Police Department said they were looking into the incident.