An 18-year-old Marsing High School student who authorities say had a BB gun on campus Wednesday afternoon didn’t threaten to hurt anybody with it, according to Owyhee County Sheriff Chief Deputy Lynn Bowman.
“As far as we know now, there were no threats,” Bowman said.
But Seth Ramirez is facing misdemeanor witness intimidation charges — along with misdemeanor possession of a firearm on school grounds — for allegedly trying to prevent two fellow students from telling school officials about his BB gun, Bowman said. It was a student at the school who reported the gun.
“It looks like an actual large-caliber gun,” Bowman noted. He did not know if the BB gun was loaded, or if the teen had ammunition with him.
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Ramirez remains in custody at the Owyhee County Jail. He will be arraigned in Murphy Thursday afternoon.
The Sheriff’s Office received a report at 3:04 p.m. that a student had a weapon on campus.
Bowman said sheriff’s investigators were at the school within minutes, and they went into a classroom to take take Ramirez into custody. They said they recovered the BB gun from Ramirez’s backpack.