WESTFORD — Nashoba Technical High School’s assistant principal tackled a teenager who entered the school carrying a pellet gun, police said Wednesday.
The teen is 16 and is not being identified because he is a juvenile.
A girl who was working in the restaurant spotted the student with the weapon and reported it to Superintendent Judith Klimkiewicz, sources said.
According to a statement from Westford police Capt. Victor Neal, police received a call just before noon that an “unwanted person” had entered through a rear door. En route, police were told the teen had a large weapon.
According to sources, Assistant Principal Matthew Ricard spotted the weapon and tackled the boy in the cafeteria. He was assisted by four other faculity members.
Police recovered an “air soft” rifle, which is similar to a BB gun.
The teen faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon on school property, illegal possession of a BB gun, and disrupting a school assembly. Police said they do not know what the teen’s motive was.
Police said they searched the school, and will do so a second time after students have left.
Students were dismissed early from school, around 1 p.m., according to sources.