John Deere Middle School in Moline was under a lockdown briefly on Thursday morning. According to information provided by the Moline Police Department, Police were informed of a student who had been spotted with what appeared to be a gun entering the school. A School Resource Officer was on hand and began an immediate search for the student while Moline Police prepared a response. A Second officer arrived on scene soon after the initial call and joined the search. The student was soon located and found to be in possession of a B.B Gun. The statement from Police is a reassurance to parents that no actual handgun was involved in the incident and no one was harmed. Moline Police Chief Darren Gault tells the media:
“It is important to note that the handgun was not real and no students were in danger. This does highlight the importance of alerting a trusted adult such as a police officer or school administrator anytime suspicious activity is observed. In this case the process worked and a police officer was able to immediately intervene. While this was not a real firearm, all suspicious activity is treated seriously. It is still unlawful to take a replica or look-a-like gun in a school and this investigation is ongoing.”
No charges have been filed as of yet and there is no further information regarding this incident at this time.