So the writer is full of crap. The boy didn't turn in a found weapon. He flipped when the discovery of his crime was imminent, hoping to get a light sentence.
I should've been more suspicious: Since when is a "pellet" gun a "toy" gun? It's not the same as a rifle or handgun, but it's no toy. In my head, I thought of something akin to those plastic-disk-shooting guns, but I know better. A pellet gun is a gun that can be used to inflict significant injuries. If I were the principle, I might check the rule books and see if the "zero tolerance" policy truly applies to non-explosive "guns," but I would shed no tears if I had to suspend the kid for a long time.
No doubt, the school officials suspect this boy, and maybe they have good reason to believe he's just playing innocent. On the other hand, the officials could be wrong.
Any links to a transcript of what the mother was saying?
Ok, I found a link with more about the parents' side of the story:
I used to be a cop at a High School in L.A. My last arrest was nearly identical to this. A teacher came to me and said she thought she saw a gun in the bushes. Went to look and nothing was there.
5 minutes later one of my campus aides told me a student told him another student was showing off a gun in class to the back of the room.
Went and grabbed him up. Had a useless Ruger-style pistol-- nearly rusted shut. He told me a bully took him to the gun and threatened to "kick his a--" if he didn't take the gun. Said he was gonna turn it in to me after school. His dad was mad at me for arresting his poor son.
As I read this article, I knew there was more to the story. I'm surprised so many FReepers are willing to believe that the kid did no wrong.