TEMPE, AZ - Authorities searched a Tempe middle school Friday morning after receiving a report that a student had allegedly brought a gun to school, Tempe police said.
Fees College Preparatory Middle School, located near Watson and McClintock drives, was put on lockdown after two students told an administrator that another student showed them a gun inside a backpack, said Tempe police Sgt. Mike Pooley.
Officers began a search of each classroom and the student who originally had the gun was found and said the gun had been given to another student.
Both students were located and arrested for disruption of an educational facility, a class six felony.
The firearm was found in one of the students' backpacks and discovered to be an airsoft firearm, Pooley said.
The lockdown was lifted shortly before 11:30 a.m.
Police said no threats were made against the school and no students were threatened or injured.
The two students reported the incident around 8 a.m.
The school is sending home a letter to parents explaining the incident.
"This is a reminder of how serious we take issues like this when it comes to your student's safety. Please talk with your child about not bringing any item to school that doesn't contribute to the learning process," the letter said.