(02/28/2002)
Four eighth grade boys at Calhoun Middle School were suspended for three days because of a dart gun incident, according to Calhoun Middle/High School assistant principal Emilio Garza, Jr.

Garza said the homemade darts were made of straight pins, parts of safety pins or needles, used as projectiles blown through pen casings or straws, with tape holding the blow guns together. At least one middle school student was struck by a dart on February 14, said Gazra, and other students may have been struck also.

Garza said the children's parents were notified of the incident, which violates the Student Code of Conduct. He said the boys admitted to the problem.

He said "We determined there was no intent to harm other students...their decision to do something like this was obviously poor."

Garza expressed concern for the safety of students, fearing such incidents could injure eyes, soft tissue or transmit disease. He said a special meeting was held on February 25 with all boys in Calhoun Middle School, grades 5-8, to address the safety and health problems.

"We also discussed the possible consequences should any student do something like this again," he concluded.


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