Safford Middle School student in trouble after bringing BB gun onto campus

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By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – A Safford Middle School student is facing disciplinary action after allegedly bringing a Daisy BB gun onto campus Wednesday.

The BB gun had the appearance of a real handgun and had been shown to several students, according to a letter from the Safford Middle School to parents.

A student informed the school’s administration about the gun at about 12 p.m., and the school called the Safford Police. An investigation by the school and the police ensued, and the BB gun was found in the student’s locker.

In this day and age, bringing any type of gun – even if it is a BB gun or an airsoft pistol – onto a school campus is a serious offense.

On Aug. 17, Robert Layton, 72, allegedly brandished a 9-mm handgun at a Thatcher school dance while complaining about the music. (Gila Herald: Gun brandished at Thatcher school dance – Aug. 18) He was arrested and booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility for disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon, misconduct with a firearm, and aggravated assault.    

According to the letter, the school and law enforcement are taking “appropriate” disciplinary and legal action against the student.

The Gila Herald will update this article when possible.