At Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts, a teacher reportedly glimpsed sight of a “gun” and alerted police, who rushed to the scene only to discover a neon water pistol.
"A teacher reported hearing a clicking motion, and thought a student may have had a gun," Superintendent David DeRuosi said on Monday. "[Police] then found a water gun in the general vicinity."
According to Patch.com, after school was dismissed, police located the harmless toy and filed a report, according to Malden Police Lt. Det. Marc Gatcomb
However that's not the end of the story. Police and school officials are on the hunt for the pint-sized culprit who brought the water pistol on to school grounds.
“You can’t take any of that stuff lightly today,” Superintendent DeRuosi said of the water gun.
Though a police report was filed, the student will only face internal disciplinary action for the incident, said Malden Police Lt. Det. Marc Gatcomb. "The item was located after school dismissed for the day, and no persons were threatened that we know of."
DeRuosi said that surveillance cameras were recently installed as part of the school’s renovation and would help track down the juvenile criminal.
Once apprehended, the student will face internal disciplinary action for the incident, school officials said.