Two teenage students have been charged after shooting a third student in the leg with a BB gun outside a school in Carmacks.
On Friday at about 12:30 p.m., Carmacks RCMP were called to the Tantalus School in the community northwest of Whitehorse.
Police allege the pair of boys, aged 15 and 16, shot a 15-year-old female student in the leg with the replica handgun.
She was not seriously injured and did not require medical attention.
“It’s realistic,” said Carmacks RCMP Const. Paul Miller of the weapon. “Any normal person could make the assumption that it is a real firearm.”
The two boys were arrested and are now facing assault and weapons charges. Their names cannot be released because of their ages.
The pair appeared in court in Whitehorse over the weekend and were released with numerous conditions.
Police say they do not believe any other people were involved.
Miller said he could not speak to any motive while the case was before the court.
Mark Hill, the director of community relations for the Department of Education, said the school was not placed on lockdown during the incident.
“A lockdown is for situations that are unknown. In this case the situation was contained immediately.”
The school has about 110 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Hill said the incident happened outside around lunchtime.
There was a meeting held Monday evening with school staff, RCMP and leadership from the First Nation.
Hill said everyone is grateful that the consequences weren’t more serious for all the people involved.
“From the point where it was brought to a teacher’s attention and on, things happened the way they were supposed to,” he said.