Glendale student takes action after classmate brings toy gun to school

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GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Parents in Glendale are frustrated they did not hear about a student bringing a BB gun to school until four days after the incident.

On Friday, Jimmy Rodriguez says a student flashed an airsoft gun during their eighth-grade social studies class at Sierra Verde School.

“He had his jacket on and the gun was in his pocket he unzipped it and showed it to me and said hey I have a gun don’t tell anybody I said is that real and he said yeah it’s real,” said Jimmy Rodriguez.

The 13-year-old says he and a friend tried taking the jacket with the BB gun in it to turn in while the student who brought it went to the restroom.  

“If something is happening that’s wrong, stand up and say, 'This is wrong.' If you don’t say anything, you’re part of it,” said Rodriguez.

 Rodriguez claims he then yelled to his teacher that the classmate had a BB gun.

“She didn’t hear me for some reason but the entire class did,” said Rodriguez.

Another teacher notified the front office. A Deer Valley Unified School District spokesperson says it was an airsoft BB gun.

“They just kept passing the buck,” said Natalie Rodriguez, Jimmy’s mother.

Jimmy’s mother says the classmate threatened her son on Monday so she kept her son home from school as a precaution Tuesday. Frustrated the school did not take action on the threat, the Rodriguez family met with school administration and a Glendale Police Officer Tuesday.

“There was a gun at school. We need to take care of this and they didn’t, and we did,” said Natalie Rodriguez.

The Sierra Verde principal sent a letter home to parents Tuesday afternoon detailing the incident encouraging parents to check backpacks and students to speak up if they witness weapons on campus.

“We don’t want to be on the news saying there was a shooting in Arizona at our school,” said Rodriguez's mom.

Natalie Rodriguez is proud of her son and thinks he did the right thing last week.

“He’s a good kid, we did something right,” she said.

A district spokesperson says while they cannot comment on a student’s discipline specifically, anyone caught with a weapon at school could face a three-day suspension up to an expulsion.

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