Incident at Westside Middle School Causes Concern

FEBRUARY 2, 2006 - Posted at 1:05 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - An incident yesterday on the playground at Westside Middle School is being investigated by school officials.

Superintendent James Best said a student brought a toy pistol that fired plastic pellets on to the campus, causing much concern and anxiety among students and faculty.

Westside's middle school campus was the scene of a deadly shooting spree in March 1998, when two students opened gunfire on teachers and fellow students.  Four students and one teacher were killed.  Several others were wounded.

Middle school prinicipal Bryan Duffie said the toy was found after a search of the student's locker.  "Just one case where, why did they decide to do it and you never get to the final answer to where the kid will say," said Duffie.  "And they'll change their story sometimes three or four times, so you really don't know why they do what they do."

Best said school officials take the incident seriously, and the student is being disciplined.