Monte Vista High School Principal Rebecca Smith has been placed on administrative leave following an anonymous message that she handled a gun in an inappropriate manner in the presence of a student, said School District spokesman Terry Koehne on Tuesday afternoon.
"The district is following up on the allegation," he said. "We have determined that the gun in question was an Airsoft pistol."
Airsoft pistols shoot BBs and are popular with some students, Koehne explained. They can be purchased at Target and Walgreen's.
Smith has been principal at Monte Vista for at least 16 years, and before that was an assistant principal. She also has been a teacher.
She was placed on leave Oct. 8, said Koehne.
"It's a typical process for us," he said, "if an allegation is made against an employee that we feel justifies an investigation."
The anonymous message was conveyed via the Safe School Form that is on the Web site of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District along with the district hotline telephone number. It allows people to report problems anonymously and usually reports things such as graffiti and bullying, said Koehne.
At www.srvusd.net, it says: "We encourage the use of our district tip line to anonymously report rumors, potentially dangerous situations or vandalism that may impact our schools."
Koehne said the district receives only two or three such reports per month.