A 16-year-old Havelock High School student faces a charge of having a weapon on campus after a toy BB gun was found in his vehicle.


A 16-year-old Havelock High School student faces a charge of having a weapon on campus after a toy BB gun was found in his vehicle.



Cody Alan Davisson, of Carolina Pines, was charged by Havelock Police with possession of a weapon on a school campus on Feb. 6.



Davisson was found in possession of an Airsoft Crossman Stinger R-39, which is capable of firing plastic BBs. The gun, which can be purchased for about $30, comes with a florescent orange tip, which distinguishes it from a real weapon. However, Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said the orange tip had been painted black, making the gun resemble a real AR-15 assault rifle.



Cyrus said police had received a call about an incident in which a school bus driver reported that a person in a vehicle had allegedly pointed a gun at the bus. A vehicle description given by the bus driver matched Davisson’s vehicle, Cyrus said.



Cyrus said the Havelock High school resource officer had Davisson report to his vehicle.



“Davisson indicated to the officers that he had an Airsoft rifle in his vehicle and showed it to them,” Cyrus said. “The gun was in the back seat.”



The officers took possession of the air rifle and Davisson was issued a citation for having the weapon on school property, a class one misdemeanor.



Cyrus said that painting over the orange tip of the toy gun made it possible to mistake the toy for a real gun.



“That is to signal that the weapon is not a real weapon, that it is either a toy or an air rifle,” Cyrus said of the orange markings. “Obviously with the tip being painted black, a person may or may not recognize that as being a toy. It would likely be recognized as being a real weapon, or an AR-15 in this case since it resembled an AR-15.”



Cyrus said Davisson’s presentation of the gun could have created a perceived threat that could have led to severe consequences.



“It would all depend on the environment in which the weapon was presented and who may be present during that environment because it’s not likely that it would be readily recognized as a toy weapon if it were presented in a school environment or any environment for that matter,” Cyrus said.



Davisson has a March 20 court date on the charge.