Student removed after found with BB gun, no ammunition foundBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
March 21. 2018 8:46PM
EXETER — A student was removed from Exeter High School Wednesday after being found with an empty BB gun, authorities said.
According to police and school officials, the administration was notified around 11:15 a.m. that a senior may have been in possession of a weapon.
Police said concerned students reported the handle of a gun was shown to them from inside another student’s backpack while they were in class.
The student reportedly told them it was a BB gun, police said.
In a message to parents, officials said the student was “immediately located, isolated, and removed to a secure location” by Exeter Police School Resource Officer Sonya Robicheau and school administrators.
They then recovered an unloaded BB gun, police said. No ammunition was found.
Police identified the student as 20-year-old Colin Dixon of East Kingston. They said charges may be filed in the case, which remains under investigation.
Interim SAU 16 Superintendent Christine Rath said the BB gun was found in a bag. “It was not brandished around. It was not used in any threatening way,” she said.
Rath said she couldn’t comment on disciplinary action that may have been taken against the student.
The administration’s message said the student was removed and insisted that students and staff were safe.
“We commend our students for their willingness to ‘see something and say something’ and their continued commitment to school safety,” the message said.
The incident comes at a time when students, staff and school officials are on heightened alert after last month’s deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
In the wake of the shooting, a 16-year-old Hampton boy was charged with criminal threatening at the Seacoast School of Technology, which is also located in Exeter and serves several districts.
The teen was charged after police began investigating reports that a boy told friends he was “going to shoot up” SST.
Authorities also investigated a second student who allegedly was “seriously involved in threatening behavior” at SST that was directly related to the first alleged SST shooting threat.