Parents asked to talk to children about replica guns and safety, after student detained
Delta police were contacted at noon Feb. 26 about a suspicious male near Delview Secondary School in North Delta.
A concerned member of the public contacted police about a suspicious person near the school with what looked like a gun.
Both Delview Secondary and nearby Gibson Elementary were placed into a Code Yellow as a precaution. The Code Yellow procedure allows the school to continue with a normal school day, but cancels outside activity. Unauthorized personnel are not permitted to enter the building.
Police located the male, confirming that he was in possession of a pellet gun. The male is a student at Delview Secondary.
Both schools were in a Code Yellow for approximately 50 minutes.
“Pellet guns can easily be confused or mistaken for a real weapon,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “This one in particular looked very similar to a real weapon.”
“This is the second time in less than two weeks that police in Delta have received a call of this nature. It is not acceptable for anyone to bring a replica gun or pellet gun anywhere near a school,” says Leykauf. “While not illegal to own, we recommend parents have a discussion with their children about safety and the appropriate use of pellet guns and replica guns.”