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Teachers, students credited for helping quick response to JFK Middle School

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The man arrested Thursday outside a Northampton middle school holding what turned out to be an air gun was in court today.

This as JFK Middle School students returned to class after they were locked down Thursday, in reaction to a possible active shooter situation.

It was a quick appearance in court today as Matthew Borsuk pleaded not guilty to disturbing a school day and two counts of having a dangerous weapon on school property. 

We spoke with Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper told me that what was reported as a man with a gun on school property ended quickly and peacefully.
At the end of the school day, it was a concerning sight of a man with what appeared to be a long gun in the parking lot prompted a lockdown at JFK Middle School.

"There were already parents that had arrived waiting for their kids, so this was extremely concerning," Kasper said.
Students and teachers outside the school spotted a man and called police with detailed information.
"When you're responding to a scene, you hear with a man with a gun, you need to know where, what color car, what color clothing, what are we looking for," Kasper explained.
Police told Western Mass News that Borsuk was leaning up against his car, waiting for an adult aged friend at the school to go target shooting.  He took out a long barrel pellet gun.

"He thought that would be a good time to take it out of the trunk and piece it together," Kasper said.
Within a minute to getting a dispatch call, a sergeant appeared on scene and Borsuk held up his hands to the officer.
"He was compliant.  There were no issues right away.  He complied with officers requests and he was handcuffed," Kasper added.
Kasper described how it can be difficult for officers responding to a call of an armed person to see the difference between a firearm and a pellet gun.
"People have an expectation that we're able to determine that immediately from far away and you just can't and if someone is holding a weapon in their hand, you're driving toward them, it's hard to determine what that is," Kasper said.

The chief has some praise for the students and teachers who reported the incident.
"It's exactly that thing we hope happens where if you see something, say something," Kasper explained.
Borsuk's bail was set at $500 and he must stay away from all Northampton public schools, abstain from drugs and alcohol, and must not possess or use any firearms including BB and pellet guns during this trial.

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