A 4th-grade student was suspended after shooting a realistic-looking toy gun in a school bathroom in North Charleston recently.

The student brought an Airsoft gun to Eagle Nest Elementary School in his backpack, District 2 spokeswoman Pat Raynor said. District policy does not allow “look-alike” guns at school, she said.

Airsoft guns are realistic-looking plastic copies of pistols and military weapons that fire plastic pellets.

The toy gun was discovered when the student took it out in a restroom and shot off a pellet, Raynor said.

The student has been or will be given a formal hearing where officials will consider what happened and decide on what type of discipline is appropriate, she said. Suspension after an infraction is automatic.

The situation came to her attention Friday. She did not immediately know when the incident occurred.

Parents should remind their children that taking any toy gun to school could result in disciplinary action, Raynor said.

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