Loaded gun found at North Middle School in Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS – A 13-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after officials found a loaded handgun at North Middle School, officials said.A security officer found the .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the boy’s locker, took him to the office and police were called, Colorado Springs School District 11 spokeswoman Elaine Naleski said.”There was no intent to harm anyone, according to the student,” Naleski said. She said she knew the reason the student gave for bringing the weapon from home, but she would not reveal it.Authorities arrested him on suspicion of possession of a gun on school grounds, a felony.Police Sgt. Lisa Cintron said she could not release information about the child’s statement, but that the boy said he did not intend to hurt anyone.Naleski said the fact that another student reported the gun is encouraging. “It tells us what we’re doing is working,” she said.Several school threats across the state have been reported in the week following the shootings at Virginia Tech and Friday, the eighth anniversary of the deaths at Columbine High School.On Tuesday, a 14-year-old boy was arrested at Sierra High School in the Harrison School District for allegedly saying he intended to make a hit list.The Sierra student didn’t bring a gun to school, and no written list was found, said police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.On Monday, Adams County sheriff’s officials announced they arrested two 14-year-old boys on charges of threatening a “large-scale shooting” at Ranum High School north of Denver. Both boys were arrested at Clear Lake Middle School, where they attended school.In a separate case, a judge set bail Tuesday at $25,000 for a 17-year-old suspected of setting off a small explosion outside a high school south of Denver on Friday, the eighth anniversary of the Columbine shootings.A hearing was set for May 8 to discuss specific charges. The teen’s name was not released. It was not immediately known if he had posted bail.The explosion occurred outside Ponderosa High School near Parker, about 15 miles south of Denver, prompting officials to evacuate the school and call off classes for the day. No injuries or damage were reported.
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