Toy rubber band gun causes lockdown and police search of SLU campus

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Shortly after 5:30 pm officials at St. Louis University sent out at text alerting staff and students on campus of a man on campus with a gun. The tweet stated that the alleged subject was wearing a black hoodie and may have a gun in Spring Hall.

Minutes later additional tweets were sent saying that shots had been fired outside of Marchetti Tower East and for staff and students to shelter in place. In response to the possible subject on campus with a gun, school officials are moving students from Spring Hall to the Simon Recreation Center.

St. Louis city police say a male student was taken in to custody initially, but was released when it was determined not to be involved in the incident.

That prompted police to continue their search for another male subject on campus. Police questioned another suspected student and discovered a toy rubber band gun in his dorm.

The student was not detained or arrested.

Upon further investigation, university officials confirmed that the rubber band gun seen in Spring Hall was part of an assignment in the Aerospace and Mechanical “Engineering Manufacturing Procedures” class.

According to SLU, the assignment was intended to have students build a working device with interchangeable parts and “the instructor gave the students several options for projects, but the students unanimously chose to make the rubber band guns.

It remains unclear if the student will face any disciplinary action from the university.

All of the students who made the rubber band guns are being asked to bring them to the Park’s College Dean’s Office first thing tomorrow where they will be destroyed.