Police: Teens playing with Airsoft guns prompt school lockdowns

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Police said a pair of teens playing with Airsoft pistols prompted two Greenville schools and a business to go on lockdown Tuesday morning. Officers have since found one of the teens and the lockdowns have been lifted.

According to Lt. Carlton Williams of Greenville Police, it all started when a teacher at Greenville Montessori School confronted the two teen boys who appeared to be carrying guns. The teens, who were not on school property, told the teacher they were playing with BB guns and ran into the woods, Lt. Williams said.

The teacher called police at about 9:42 a.m., and officers set up a perimeter between Rosemont Apartments and Old Firetower Road, Lt. Williams said. Greenville Montessori School and Wintergreen Primary, as well as Rose's Gymnastics, were placed on lockdown.

Investigators later found one of the teens, and learned that they were playing with Airsoft pistols, Lt. Williams said. The Airsoft guns shoot round plastic pellets, but look like real firearms.

Lt. Williams said because the teens were not on school property, they will not face charges. The boy who was found was released to his parents.

The lockdowns at both schools and the business have been lifted. No one was injured.

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