BB Gun Found on Bus in Front of Alburnett High School

By Max Walker, Digital Editor

ALBURNETT, Iowa — Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner says no charges are likely after a lockdown and search around Alburnett High School Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies responded around 2:30 p.m. after a report of a man with a rifle. They found the gun on a school bus parked in front of the school. A release from the sheriff’s office said the gun was later identified as a pellet gun that resembled a working rifle.

Sheriff Gardner says a 17-year-old male student at the high school was detained for questioning. Investigators determined the incident was mostly a misunderstanding, as the student thought he had permission to bring the pellet gun onto the school bus as a way to get it from a friend’s home to his.

Authorities locked down the school during their search and allowed students to go home around 3:30. The buildings remained secured until 4:15. That gave deputies time to search the buildings with K-9 units to ensure no other weapons or contraband entered.

The suspect was released to his parents and Sheriff Gardner does not expect charges to be filed as a result of what happened.

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