Police investigating BB gun found at Vallivue Middle School

Posted at 9:27 AM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 13:16:20-04

Students at Vallivue Middle School in Caldwell were on lockdown for about 45 minutes Thursday morning as police investigated a report of a student with a gun.

About 8:25 a.m., the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible gun on a school bus.

“A sixth-grade student had (allegedly) brought a BB gun onto a school bus,” said Vallivue School District Director Joseph Palmer. “An eighth-grade student, a friend of the sixth-grader, took the gun away from the student and brought it into the school building. Another student saw the gun and immediately notified school administrators.”

“The principal immediately put the school into lockdown and notified authorities,” said Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker. 

“Doors were locked. Blinds were shut. And students were told to stay in their classrooms,” Palmer explained. 

Sheriff’s Office deputies and Caldwell Police responded.

“They located a weapon that was identified as BB gun -- and determined there was no immediate threat to the school and no one was injured,” Decker said.

Two juveniles have been detained and are currently being investigated for their role in the incident.  

The lockdown was lifted about 9 a.m. and the school is resuming normal activities.

Sheriff Kieran Donahue said, “This underscores the importance of instructing our kids that when you see something, say something, so that appropriate steps can be taken for the safety of all involved.”