Teen girl arrested for allegedly bringing BB gun to school

SHELTON, Wash. -- A 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday morning after bringing a realistic-looking BB gun to Shelton High School, according to the Shelton Police Department.

Officers were called to the school around 7:40 a.m. and saw the girl walking across campus to a wooded area. According to police, officers stopped the girl and found a BB handgun on her.

She was booked into Mason County Juvenile Detention Center.

Similar incidents have been reported recently at schools throughout the region.

On March 22, a teen was arrested at Seattle's Franklin High School for allegedly pulling a BB gun during a fight, prompting this piece of advise from the Seattle Police Department: "Kids, if you haven't figured it out by now, do not bring guns (real, BB, potato or otherwise) to school."

On March 19, a teen caused a scare at a handful of Olympia schools when he was spotted showing a realistic-looking BB rifle to a friend outside Jefferson Middle School.

The Olympia Police Department used that incident as an opportunity to remind the public that law-enforcement officers and school personnel are on heightened alert about firearms near schools right now.

"Use good judgment when transporting either actual firearms or other things that can easily be mistaken for lethal firearms, such as models, toys, paintball guns and BB guns," Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts said in a press release.