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Student brought toy gun on La Crosse School Bus


LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—A student brought a plastic toy gun on the school bus Monday morning causing a scare at North Woods International School.

The La Crosse School District said, at the bus stop, a parent overheard one child telling another they had two bb guns.

When the bus arrived, the parent notified the bus driver, who confronted the male student and took plastic gun away.

The concerned parent called the school to report the incident and the district contacted the bus company, First Student.

First Student asked the bus drive to pull over and wait for police.

When police approached the bus they learned that there was no threat to student safety and the item in question was a plastic toy gun which had been confiscated by the bus driver.

The student who brought the toy gun was removed from the bus at this time by the police.  The bus continued on to North Woods International where school officials and counselors met with the students upon their arrival to clarify what had happened and answer any questions.

"Student safety is always our top priority," Randy Nelson, La Crosse Superintendent said.  "This was an example of our internal systems of reporting working properly.  Unfortunately, once it was found that the item in question was a toy, the communication was delayed resulting in a law enforcement response."

North Woods International School Principal Sandy Brauer notified parents of the incident via Skylert Monday morning.

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