REDDING, Conn. -- Redding officers were investigating two incidents in which middle-school students posted photos of handguns on Instagram with questionable comments on Thursday, Chief of Police Douglas S. Fuchs said in a statement.
A 13-year-old boy posted, “I think I’m ready to go to school :-) ,” under a photo of what appeared to be two handguns, Fuchs said.
The weapons turned out to be air soft-type facsimile firearms, he said. The boy was immediately located, found to have no weapons, and after an investigation was charged with disorderly conduct, Fuchs said. He was released into the custody of a parent.
Redding police seized both weapons, one of which had the orange-colored tip, which identifies it as a facsimile firearm, removed.
The other incident remained under investigation, in which a 13-year-old posted a picture of a revolver with the caption “Damn, I love revolvers,” police said. The photo was apparently from the Internet.
"In both cases, police officers, through their investigation, determined that the student did not have immediate access to any other firearms nor were any actually brought to school," Fuchs said.
"Both of these incidents were investigated jointly with school administration and at no time were students ever in any actual danger," he said.