WISHEK, N.D. – A student caused a stir at Wishek Elementary School this week by displaying a gun that police described as a non-functioning starter pistol.

Wishek Police Chief Andrew Tunheim said he didn’t know many details about the incident other than to say it was his understanding that a teacher saw a student with the gun on Monday, Oct. 9.

Tunheim said he heard about the incident Tuesday, Oct. 10, from a parent and looked into the matter. He said police stepped back from the issue after discovering the weapon in question was an old starter gun that at one time would have fired blanks but now was missing parts and no longer functioned.

Asked about the incident, Wishek Elementary School Principal Renae Bosch said Tuesday: “I’m not going to reply to that (question) at this time.”

Messages left Tuesday for School Board President Curt Meidinger and Vice President Missy Wolf, as well as Wishek School Superintendent Shawn Kuntz, were not returned.

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Wishek, a town with a population of about 1,000, sits about 85 miles southwest of Jamestown in south central North Dakota.