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Police: Topper Academy locked down; student found with air pistol

Johnson City Press • Updated May 22, 2019 at 9:32 PM

A gun scare put Johnson City’s Topper Academy on lockdown Tuesday, and a student was charged with weapons and other violations when police said an air pistol was found.

According to a press release from the Johnson City Police Department, a 17-year-old male student, who was not otherwise identified by authorities, was charged with possession of a weapon on school property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of tobacco products and possession of fireworks.

School administrators and the school’s resource officers received a tip that a student possibly had a gun. During the ensuing lockdown, the student was located and searched.

The officer reportedly found an air pistol, a knife, drug paraphernalia, electronic cigarettes and fireworks among the boy’s belongings.

He was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center and is awaiting arraignment.

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