BRIGANTINE - Police searched the Brigantine middle and elementary schools for a potential gun for about three hours Wednesday but nothing was located.

City police Lt. Jim Bennett said a middle school boy was arrested Tuesday after bringing in an airsoft gun - a fake pistol that looks like a real weapon but shoots pellets. Bennett said the orange tip on the object was painted over so it looked more authentic.

The student was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon in a school zone, Bennett said. He was released to his mother, he said.

On Wednesday, Bennett said, a friend of the boy said he was told by the student that he left another gun at the school.

Police conducted a precautionary search of the middle school and parts of the elementary school on East Evans Boulevard where the student could have had access, Bennett said. Police left the complex at 4:45 p.m. and no gun was located, he said.

"We deemed the school safe and secure," he said.

Bennett added no threats were made against any students by the boy and police do not know why he brought the airsoft gun.

Interim Superintendent William Gussie said nobody at the complex was harmed or put in a position of danger and authorities were notified immediately when these incidents occurred.

"We took appropriate and firm action," he said.

The schools were dismissed at their regular times, 3 p.m. for the middle school and 3:15 p.m. for the elementary school, he said.

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