Pellet, BB guns are problem in high schools

Pellet and BB guns are just as prevalent in Toronto schools as real guns, board incident reports show.

An analysis of gun incidents in Toronto public schools, using data collected by a panel investigating safety in the city’s schools, shows pellet guns, BB guns, air pistols and replicas represent half of all gun incidents reported from January 2006 to November 2007.


But police and board officials warn even though they aren’t "real" guns, they can still cause serious injury.

"Every incident — regardless of the type of weapon used — that poses harm or the threat of harm is of great concern," said Donna Quan, the Toronto District School Board’s superintendent of safe schools.

The school safety panel, headed by lawyer Julian Falconer, was struck after the shooting death of Jordan Manners at C.W. Jefferys high school last May and was asked to investigate safety in that school and others in the city.

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