Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy temporarily had students stay in their classrooms Wednesday morning after a pellet gun was found in a bag on campus.

FALA Executive Director Larry Wallen said the bag and pellet gun were found around 11:30 a.m. when the senior class was boarding buses to go on their annual camping trip to Fort Tuthill. A teacher picked up the bag and found it heavy, so she opened it and found the gun. Thinking it might be a real gun, she brought it to Wallen who called police and ordered students to be held in their classrooms.

A Coconino County Sheriff’s deputy arrived and determined the gun was a CO2 pellet gun and confiscated it, Wallen said. The school is trying to determine the owner of the gun. Classes were released from their classrooms around 1 p.m.

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Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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