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Marine Corps officials are investigating an incident that involved teens using an air gun against other teens at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni last week, according to Iwakuni’s public affairs office.

A spokesman for Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific confirmed an incident involving students from M.C. Perry did happen, but that it did not happen at school. The spokesman referred all questions to the base command.

All the teens involved were minors, according to spokeswoman Master Sgt. Lesli Coakley. No one was hurt in the incident, which happened on base, Coakley said Wednesday during a phone interview.

The Station Inspector’s Office, which investigates suspected crimes committed by civilian workers and military dependents, is leading the inquiry, Coakley said.

Few other details were available because of the ongoing investigation and because the people involved were not adults, she said.

The incident did involve an air gun, a weapon which is banned from military bases, she said.

The Inspector’s Office will hold a hearing to listen to those involved in the incident. After that, Coakley said, the office will make a recommendation to the base commander, Col. Michael Dyer, who will determine punishment, if any.

Civilians and dependents cannot be prosecuted under the military’s criminal code but base commanders can dole out punishments. In a worst-case scenario, a commander can revoke base privileges for an individual or send that person back to the States, Coakley said.


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