Boys arrested after 'gun' taken to Redcar school
Three teenagers have been arrested after reports that a gun had been taken into a school on Teesside.
Staff at the school, which has not been named but is in Redcar, called in police on Thursday.
Two 15-year-old boys and one aged 16 were held on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
The teenagers were later released under investigation and no-one was hurt in the incident.
It is not known whether the boys were pupils at the school.
Cleveland Police confirmed the weapon was an imitation pistol.
A force spokesman said: "If a firearm is posing a threat to the public it can be impossible to tell if it is an imitation weapon or not from a distance.
"If a firearms team is deployed and they feel that there is a valid threat then you potentially risk being seriously hurt.
"It is extremely irresponsible to possess imitation firearms in a public place, particularly in a school."