Methuen Boy, 9, Brings Pellet Gun to School in His Backpack

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A fourth-grade student at Methuen’s Comprehensive Grammar School has been summonsed to juvenile court after bringing a plastic pellet gun and pellets to school in his backpack.

The boy, 9, has been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on campus, police said.

School officials were in the process of searching for something else non-criminal in nature on Friday, Dec. 8 when the boy admitted to having the items in his possession.

“This incident causes us concern and we would like to ask parents to speak with their children about gun safety and the fact that school is no place for any weapons, including toy guns or pellet guns,” police Chief Joseph Solomon told WHAV.

Solomon declined to comment on issues relating to the boy’s school discipline.

Friday’s incident comes less than two weeks after a 10-year-old Methuen boy was arrested and charged with shooting a BB gun at two school buses carrying Marsh Grammar School students. That juvenile is due back in court on Jan. 22 for a pretrial hearing.