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Jan 15, 2015 8:04 PM

Derry teen arrested for bringing 2 starter guns to Pinkerton Academy


DERRY- Pinkerton Academy went into a "stay-in-place lock-down" Thursday, after a staff member found two starter pistols in a locker. Derry Police Captain Vern Thomas says the pistols are harmless.

"All they do is make a sound, you know a bang to let people know the race started that's what they're used for. They can't shoot a projectile or anything like that," Thomas said.

No one was injured and no threats were made, but police arrested 17 year-old John Soraghan and charged him with disorderly conduct.

"From a distance you can't tell the difference between a starter pistol and a real firearm," Thomas said.

As a precaution, the school asked teachers to ignore any bells and keep the students in the classroom. Students didn't even know it was a lock-down until the saw the email alert from the school.

"Personally I thought it was rather stupid of someone to bring starter pistols to school because I don't get the point of that," one student said.

It's unclear why Soraghan brought the starter pistols to school. The lock-down only lasted a half hour before the school day went back to normal. Parents were notified of the incident via email.

Soraghan was taken from the school and brought to the Derry Police Department. He was released, and will be summonsed to court next month.

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