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Imitation Firearm Information
Elizabeth Cord
Monday, March 09, 2020

San Juan School, like all public schools in California, is governed by California Education Code in matters of school administration and student discipline.

Regarding a recent incident, California Education Code specifies two classes of firearms: real firearms and imitation firearms. Real firearms are made of metal and have bullets. Imitation firearms do not.

The item confiscated from a middle school student on Thursday, 2/27, was constructed of plastic and had plastic pellets, which fits the classification of an imitation firearm. California Education Code requires suspension, not expulsion, for imitation firearms.

California criminal code enforcement is the responsibility of law enforcement agencies. A police report of this incident was filed on Thursday, 2/27, with Deputy Vallejo of the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office. When further information was reported to school officials on Monday, 3/2, that students had been intentionally shot with the plastic pellets, parents of the students involved were contacted, a further consequence was applied, and a revision to the initial police report was made that day to Deputy Yerena.

Information regarding this series of events was immediately posted on the San Juan School website. Our school website is the source of authentic information on school related matters, and you are encouraged to check back frequently for accurate information on school events and issues.

A text message regarding this issue was sent to all parents on 2/27. If you did not receive this message, you may need to update your contact information with the school. To receive future text messages, email your cell phone number to Alicia in the school office at:

Thank you for your support of San Juan School.