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Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Student Taken into Custody after bringing fake gun onto school bus in Alexandria, Va.

1:13 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A 5th-grader was taken into custody on Tuesday morning, after bringing a "fake look-alike" gun onto a school bus, Alexandria City Schools Officials said. 

The young student brought the fake weapon onto the bus headed home from Douglas MacArthur Elementary School on Monday afternoon, school officials said.

"It was discovered that the student showed the phony weapon to other students during the bus ride. The incident was reported to the school after normal school hours on Monday evening, and an investigation was launched immediately," police said.

School officials were on site as the student was taken into local police custody on Tuesday morning, school officials said. 

"The safety of our students is always our first concern," said Superintendent Morton Sherman. "We appreciate the quick response and action by our police. The student is suspended from school. The school division will complete its investigation in cooperation with the police as we consider further disciplinary action, including expulsion. As always, we encourage direct communication from parents, including personal phone calls."

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