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Manchester Middle School

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A student accidentally brought a toy gun into Manchester Middle School on Monday, according to an email sent home to parents.

“Sometimes students are allowed to possess items outside of school that they are not allowed to have in school.  Sometimes these items accidentally find their way into a school after a weekend,” the school’s principal wrote in a letter to parents. “This occurred today when a student brought a toy gun into school that was left in a backpack over the weekend.”

While there was no threat to any student, the incident caused a ‘minor disruption’ to the school day.

The principal reminded students and parents to check backpacks for items that shouldn’t be at school, particularly after weekends.

“Even if a student brings something to school by mistake, he or she could face disciplinary action for it. If something is accidentally brought on school grounds that should not be, please notify adults immediately so that we can support the situation appropriately.”

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed the quotes to a Chesterfield Schools spokesperson.

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