An 8-year-old student who brought a toy gun on a school bus Monday morning caused a scare for some parents and kids in La Crosse.
School District of La Crosse Superintendent Randy Nelson said a parent reported hearing that a student had two bb guns while waiting at a bus stop with their child. The parent told the bus driver, who then confronted the student and quickly learned it was a plastic toy gun. The driver took the toy gun from the student and continued on his route.
The concerned parent had called North Woods International School to report a student with a possible weapon on the bus. The school principal notified parents of the incident via skyalert, the school district’s alert system. District leaders contacted the bus company, First Student who contacted the bus driver via their 2-way radio. Nelson said First Student called police and told the driver to pull over at about 8:12 a.m.
When La Crosse police approached the bus, they learned there was no threat to student safety and the toy gun had been confiscated by the bus driver. Nelson said the student who brought the toy gun was removed from the bus at the time by the police.
"Student safety is always our top priority," Nelson said. "This was an example of our internal systems of reporting working properly. Unfortunately, once it was found that the item in question was a toy, the communication was delayed resulting in a law enforcement response."
The school bus continued on to North Woods International School where school leaders and counselors met with students to clarify what happened and answer questions.
La Crosse police say this is not a criminal manner and the incident is being handled by the school district.