PRESCOTT, AZ - An 11-year-old Prescott Valley student has been charged after allegedly displaying an airsoft gun on a school bus and telling his friend he carried it "for protection."
Yavapai County sheriff's deputies received a call around 3 p.m. Wednesday about a student with a gun on a school bus. The bus was located in a parking lot in Mayer with the suspect, a fifth grader, still onboard, according to a sheriff's department press release.
Inside the boy's backpack was an airsoft gun that imitated the look and feel of an actual firearm. The student told deputies he mistakenly left it in his backpack after playing with it over the weekend.
The boy showed it to his friend, said he carried it "for protection" and told him not to tell anyone about it, authorities said. The friend thought the gun was real and told his father, who called authorities.
The student was charged with interference of an education institution and released to a Children's Protective Services case worker for follow-up.