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Posted on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 5:56 p.m.

Unloaded BB gun found at Pioneer High School Tuesday

By Danielle Arndt

An unloaded BB gun that was found in a boys' bathroom at Pioneer High School Tuesday has been turned over to police, school officials said.

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A BB gun was found on a bathroom floor at Pioneer High School Tuesday.

Daniel Brenner | file photo

New Pioneer Principal Cindy Leaman sent an email to parents Tuesday afternoon to keep them apprised of their students' safety. She said the gun was discovered after a severe weather drill. It was sitting unattended on the bathroom floor.

A community assistant found the gun and brought it to Leaman's office, she said. After which point, she gave it to the Ann Arbor Police Department.

An investigation is underway. The district is not aware of any incidents involving the gun other than its presence on campus at this time.

"I am hoping that you will help to dispel any rumors that might arise from this incident," Leaman wrote. "If your student hears anything that will shed light on this, please encourage them to email or any of the administrators."

Lt. Ed Dreslinski with the AAPD said police would hold on to the weapon until the district's investigation is complete. Then it is up to the prosecutor and the detective in charge of the case to determine if the weapon should be returned to the student or destroyed.

"We look at the totality of the circumstances and what was going on," Dreslinski said. cops and courts reporter Kyle Feldscher contributed to this report.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 1:47 p.m.

Oh the humanity!


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : noon

I suspect the owners name was Ralph....


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 10:27 a.m.

We should just be grateful that we didn't experience the gun related threat of another Michigan community, recently, when a 3rd grader brought 30 cupcakes to school, with toy soldiers atop each one. Nothing will ever be the same for the horror-stricken members of that community.


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 11:51 a.m.

Unbelievable wasn't it? In one breath they say support the troops and in the next breath but don't show them with guns!


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 10:28 a.m.

Usual Suspect

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 3:40 a.m.

What was the gun setting on the floor?

An Arborigine

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 3 a.m.

I hope no one shot their eye out!


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 1:38 a.m.

Yes it is "just a bb gun". Yes we all had them back in the day and we knew they did NOT belong in schools. However, people seem to be missing the more important point. A gun (bb or not) was taken into one of our high schools undetected. This is a problem and news worthy.


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 3:05 p.m.

I mean it is not very difficult to walk into a building with a pistol on your hip...


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 3:12 a.m.

Yes duh because signs don't stop anything.

Ellis Sams

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 1:32 a.m.

There was a time, when the country had a sense of proportion, the owner would have been identified, the gun would have been returned to him and he would have been told to take the gun home and never bring it back to school. But that was long ago in another world where mundane events were treated as such, and the police called for real problems. Common sense ruled back then.


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 12:03 p.m.

Now the kid is a terrorist...


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 1:22 a.m.

When we were kids every self-respecting boy (and some girls) had a bb gun. Nowadays this makes the News(paper). What is happening to our country?


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 3:27 p.m.

What is happening to our country? The loss of common sense...aka "Liberalism".


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 11:57 a.m.

Until the early 90s, my high school still had a rifle team that practiced on school grounds - and kids brought their own to school. Times have changed.

buvda fray

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 12:59 a.m.

Simply calling it a BB gun is not inflammatory enough for this community. Any self respecting Narbrite knows a Daisy Red Ryder is in actuality a 0.177" caliber spring-piston lever action single-stage trigger repeater with 350 FPS velocity delivered by a smooth bore barrel and capable of holding a mind-numbing 650 rounds. Definitely one o them salt rifles.


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 3:23 p.m.

Aw, you beat me to it! Definitely not the usual gun demonizing story line we see here...progress?


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 12:02 p.m.

I thought they were all Assault BBs... ;)

Perry White

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 12:48 a.m.

"It was setting unattended on the bathroom floor." Sitting, please, not setting. Hens set. Lying would be an even better choice.

Danielle Arndt

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 9:36 p.m.

Thanks, it's been fixed.

Jeff Renner

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 12:44 a.m.

Was this a long gun or a pistol? I'm guessing a pistol since a long gun would be hard to sneak into the school.


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 12:22 a.m.

So? This is news?

Homeland Conspiracy

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 11:31 p.m.

OMG!!!! Call SWAT. Lockdown! Time for some enhanced interrogation to get to the bottom of this.

dading dont delete me bro

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 10:30 p.m.

someone not realize it is a 'gun free zone'?!?

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Mar 14, 2013 : 12:25 a.m.

ziggy, i didn't call it a firearm. these are gun free zones, not firearm free zones.


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 11:56 a.m.

A BB-gun is not a firearm, in the eyes of Michigan (or federal) law.


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 10:21 p.m.

What is a "community assistant"?


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 12:03 a.m.

That would probably refer to a "Hall monitor." Like Percy. Awesome guy. Ya'll remember Percy.


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 11:23 p.m.

Sounds like a community organizer in-training.


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 11:10 p.m.

Thanks, Danielle.

Danielle Arndt

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 10:39 p.m.

lynel, good question. I'm glad you asked. AAPS employs community assistants at its high schools to work in corridors, lunchrooms and around school grounds where students gather, in order to prevent problems and to discourage loitering, their job description says. They assist with conflict resolution, encourage students to attend class regularly and promptly and report to the building principal any problems between students or groups of students as they develop. A more detailed description can be found here: The community assistant also often is the building point person for working with the district's truancy officer and homeless liaison. Hope this information is helpful!

dading dont delete me bro

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 10:30 p.m.

some high up on the pay scale