Police: Teens arrested after student shot by BB gun, weapon later found in school

Jefferson Middle School in Madison
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Two teens were arrested Wednesday morning after a middle school student was shot by a BB gun and the weapon was later found inside Jefferson Middle School, said police.

Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said a 13-year-old boy is accused of firing the BB gun outside a bus window Tuesday afternoon and struck a female student on Kessel Court.

According to an email from Jefferson Middle School Principal Tequila Kurth, the school was contacted by the student's family after the incident.

"At this time we do not have any reason to believe the student intended to harm anyone with it. Nevertheless, we take this issue very seriously and we are following up with the student and the student’s family," Kurth said. "Police were also contacted and we will cooperate with police to investigate and take necessary follow-up actions."

DeSpain said school security staff waited for the bus as it arrived at school Wednesday morning, and arrested the 13-year-old boy for second-degree reckless endangering safety and resisting arrest.

He said another 13-year-old boy was arrested after he took the BB gun into school.

Both teens were taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.

Kurth said the staff at Jefferson Middle School will be talking with students about the seriousness of having any type of weapon, including toy or pellet guns at school.

In the email, Kurth relayed to parents that it's important for students to say something if they see a situation that concerns them, saying "our school staff is always available to talk if you or your child have concerns about anything happening at school."