PAUL BILODEAU/Staff photo An Andover police officer holds the air pistol confiscated yesterday in the parking lot of Andover High School.

ANDOVER — As Andover High School students walked in the school parking lot yesterday, two 17-year-old boys shot at them with an Airsoft pellet handgun from a distance, police said.

The boys took aim through the window of a parked car in the student lot, said Sgt. Cecilia Blais.

No one was hit by the plastic pellets, she said.

The incident happened around noon. Students had final exams yesterday, and were coming and going at the Shawsheen Road school all day.

The boys were not arrested by police yesterday, but their parents were notified and the gun was seized.

The police investigation continues.

Contacted yesterday, Assistant Principal Dr. Luz Valverde refused to comment on "student discipline" matters. Principal Jonathan Harris was out of the building for meetings yesterday and was not available for comment.

The school will close for the summer on Tuesday.

Airsoft guns shoot plastic pellets with compressed air, and are often fashioned to look like real weapons.

In May 2009, an 11-year-old High Plain Elementary School student brought an Airsoft gun to a school bus stop, showing it to a number of children and discharging the gun three times, hitting students without seriously injuring them, according to police. The student also fired the gun on a school bus before arriving and being arrested at school.

He was charged with possessing and firing the weapon.

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