14 Sep 2015

Toy gun causes Tauranga college lockdown

5:09 pm on 14 September 2015

A toy gun being used as a film prop caused an Armed Offenders Squad callout and the lockdown of a Tauranga school this afternoon.

Tauranga Boys' College (file photograph).

Tauranga Boys' College (file photograph). Photo: Google Streetview

The AOS was called to Tauranga Boys College about 3pm, after a member of the public told the police they had seen armed men on the school grounds.

The school's principal said the armed men turned out to two students with a black plastic imitation gun they had been using as a prop while making a film.

Robert Mangan said his students needed to accept responsibility for their behaviour and they would be writing a letter of apology to the police for the inconvenience.