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Police: Teen brings gun, knife to school as revenge for 'White Wednesday' prank

Police say teen modified airsoft gun to look real. (Source: Slidell Police) Police say teen modified airsoft gun to look real. (Source: Slidell Police)
SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) -

Slidell Police say a “White Wednesday” prank went a little too far Thursday morning after a 14-year-old Northshore High student brought an airsoft gun and knife to school in order to seek revenge.

Police say traditionally in Slidell on the Wednesday before a local high school’s homecoming dance, students throw toilet paper on their friend’s house as a sign of popularity.

According to police, one of the victims of the prank made comments that he was going to “get back” at his friends by bringing a gun to school in order to resolve the issue. The teen packed an airsoft gun and knife in his book bag and brought them to school Thursday morning. The airsoft gun looks very similar to a real handgun, The teen had modified it by painting the orange safety tip black to make the gun look real.

Several students tipped off school administrators and Slidell Police about the threats, and early Thursday morning they located the gun and knife inside the teen’s book bag. The teen was placed under arrest, booked with Interfering with the educational process and carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon on school  property.

“We will never know what this teenager’s true intentions were, but we are very grateful that the other students came forward and did the right thing by alerting the school principal and Slidell Police,” Police Chief Randy Smith said in a news release. “We take all potential threats very serious and have a ZERO tolerance for anything; including jokes. Keeping our students safe is a number one priority of mine and the Slidell Police Department.”

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