Student accused of taking loaded gun to Grand Junction High |

Student accused of taking loaded gun to Grand Junction High

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) ” A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on charges of carrying a loaded .357-caliber Magnum handgun and six rounds of ammunition onto the grounds of Grand Junction High School.

The teen, whose name was not released, was ordered held without bail Tuesday.

He turned over the handgun and was arrested without incident on Friday when an officer assigned to the school asked him if he was carrying a weapon, police spokeswoman Linda Bowman said.

Bowman said the officer had received a tip from a parent who had in turn been told by her son that a student was standing outside the school entrance with a gun tucked in his clothing.

Bowman declined to discuss a possible motive.

The teen was being held at a youth jail on a felony charge of possessing a handgun on school grounds and misdemeanor charges of unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, juvenile possession of a handgun and theft.

Police said the gun apparently had been stolen from the teen’s stepfather. The stepfather told investigators he thought the gun was still in his safe, police said.

It was the 12th time this academic year a student has been accused of taking a dangerous weapon to a school in the Grand Junction district, the Daily Sentinel reported in Wednesday’s editions.

The most recent previous incident was Dec. 11, when two boys were accused of taking a gun to Grand Junction High School.

If convicted, the student arrested Friday could face a sentence ranging from probation to two years in a juvenile detention center and $300 in fines, or he could be placed in the care of the Department of Human Services, Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Savage said.

He also faces suspension or expulsion from school.

Savage said another court hearing was scheduled for Friday.

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