Police: Briarwood Elementary goes on lockdown after student brings airsoft gun to school

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Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 10:52 AM CST
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Bowling Green Police have released more details on Monday's events.

They say that when police were en route to Briarwood Elementary, officers were updated that the gun the student was allegedly running away from school toward Lovers Lane with was an airsoft gun.

Police say the subject allegedly shot the gun at a complainant's vehicle, and then hit the caller's vehicle with the gun. Several teachers and staff members were chasing the student. Officers were then updated that the juvenile was running down Cemetery Road toward town.

In the report, police say they saw the juvenile throw something on the ground, which a staff member picked up.

Police say when they attempted to place handcuffs on the student, he began kicking. They then had to get him to the ground, and then placed him in handcuffs.

According to the report, the juvenile was yelling and swearing as they led him to the cruiser, and attempted to hit his head against the officer. He then allegedly bit two officers on their arms. The student was sat down on the ground, and he calmed down.

Police later spoke with a teacher, who said she was the first teacher to see and have the gun pointed at her, which she believed was real at the time. She said she and other staff followed the student as he exited the school, saying he then pointed the gun at all three of them.

Two others stated during the incident, the student pointed the gun at them as well.

During the incident, the school was placed on lock in, where no one was allowed to enter or leave the school.


Bowling Green Police tell us on Monday morning, they responded to a male student with a weapon running from Briarwood Elementary School.

It was determined that the student had brought an airsoft gun to school. Public Information Officer Ronnie Ward says the school was on lockdown for some time.

Several officers chased down the student, who had been running towards Cemetery Road from the school campus, located at 265 Lovers Lane.

The juvenile was caught a short distance and time later, and taken into custody. An all-clear was given to the school less than 30 minutes after the original call came in to law enforcement.

Attached is an audio recording sent out to parents on Monday by Briarwood Elementary School.

Warren County Public Schools also released this statement to 13 News:

“Warren County Public Schools officials are aware of an incident that took place this morning at Briarwood Elementary School. We have no information to suggest that other students were ever in danger. WCPS is actively working with the Bowling Green Police Department while an investigation is completed.”


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