William & Mary

Incident update

Dear W&M community,
I write to update you on the reported incident involving what we believed was a gun replica. William & Mary Police have interviewed the individual involved and completed their investigation. It is now clear no firearm or replica gun was involved and the police are confident no crime was committed. The person in question was holding a handheld black stapler – and from a distance it looked and sounded like a cap pistol.
While this incident turned out to be a misunderstanding, we are very thankful that the witness did contact police. This was absolutely the correct action, and we encourage anyone to contact authorities immediately if you notice anything suspicious or unusual. We are also thankful to the individual involved for coming in to explain what had occurred.
Our first priority is keeping our campus safe and secure.  Your help makes that possible.
Anna Martin
Chair, Emergency Management Team