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Fifth-grader charged after deputies find Airsoft gun on school bus

A fifth-grade boy was charged Wednesday afternoon after Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies found an Airsoft BB-type gun in his backpack on a school bus in Dewey.

The 11-year-old boy, who attends school in Prescott Valley, was charged with interference/disruption of an educational institution and released to a Child Protective Services case worker for follow-up, YCSO Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

At 3 p.m., deputies answered a call about a student with a handgun on a school bus on Henderson Road in Dewey, after a student saw the gun and told his father who called the Sheriff's Office.

When deputies and DPS officers found the bus in a store parking lot in Mayer, they saw the suspect on the bus, looked inside his backpack and found the BB-type gun that looked and felt like an actual firearm, D'Evelyn said. The boy told deputies he mistakenly left the gun in his backpack after playing with it over the weekend.

While riding the bus, the boy said he found the gun in his backpack, told a fellow student he'd show him the gun if he would not tell anyone, then showed it to the other boy, saying he carried it "for protection," D'Evelyn said. The other boy thought the gun was real and told his father.

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