Teens arrested for taking gun to CHS

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Two teens were arrested for taking a handgun to Central High School Friday.

According to a release issued by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Monday, the two were arrested late on the evening of Jan. 29. Fifteen-year-old Connor Whaley was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of a handgun by a juvenile.

Authorities haven’t released the identity of the second suspect but say he’s facing accessory to a class six felony and possession of a handgun by a juvenile charges.

Officials say the two didn’t make any threats and that no one was injured. According to the arrest affidavit, Whaley showed another a student the gun during a class at the end of the day who then contacted law enforcement. The two arrested teens had pooled their money to buy the gun which they told police they wanted to shoot in the desert.

The arrest affidavit shows the two tried to hide the gun and denied knowing anything about a gun but eventually fessed up. To read the full arrest affidavit, click the document link above.

The case is still active and the investigation is ongoing.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2010 at 08:13 AM
    honestly,i was in this situation and i know EXACTLY what happened. the gun was NOT loaded. there were no threats made. leave this situation alone if you dont know what happened.
  • by shelley on Feb 5, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    If they are good kids why the gun. stop making example for them they took a gun to school period end of story.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    wow! the purpose of a handgun is to shoot somebody! yeah right, seriously shutup already. guns arent made to kill or shoot people they are made to hunt or shoot in the desert. which was exactly what connor and cody were doing. yeah they shouldnt have brought it to school and i told them not to but they never wanted to hurt anybody. and for the last time the gun was NOT loaded. seriously if you're gonna talk like you know the story, atleast get the facts straight. obviously nobody else posting comments agrees with you so shutup already. you seriously have no idea what you're even talking about "LL" leave the 5 boys, there families, CHS, & the situation alone. you're acting like you WANT to be a part of this, when you dont even know what happened. but good try i guess haha. seriously shutup.
  • by MeSilly on Feb 4, 2010 at 06:31 PM
    Its frickin Conner, I mean who would he shoot? He loves evderyone and everyone loves him. Yeah I know that him and Cody messed up by buying the gun, but still, they are teenagers, of course they are going to mess up sometime or another. And first of all, the gun WASNT loaded, and second of all, Conner brought the gun to school cause he was going to give it to Cody so he could go shooting out in the desert. So yeah, thats all I have to say. We all miss you guys.:(
  • by CHS students on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:57 PM
    yes, they broke the law we get that. but truth of the matter is the gun was not loaded like said below. all five of these kids had so much going for them in academics and sports, they must give that up now because of a stupid mistake. there was no threat what so ever. no harm was intended. they had the gun at school because connor and cody were taking turns with the gun and brought the gun to school on plenty occasions. one weeks was ones turn and the next week was the others and so forth. teachers and students are extremly sadend from this news, no of us ever expected this to happen to such good students. they were NEVER going to shoot somebody, so there is no need to say that; that's how rumors get started. some people need to leave the situation and students of CHS alone, they are only making matters worse. some people obviously never had the pleasure of meeting or knowing these kids as well as some people did. they broke the law and are paying for it, but they never intended to harm
  • by anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:37 PM
    the only people who know what happened is the boys the police and their families. the gun was not loaded and there was no harm intended. if they had intended to harm people there would have been a hitlist. and whoever is talkin trash bout them needs to grow up and realize they are talkin about high schoolers. thats immature and unnecesary. and btw none of these boys has ever been expelled for violence or none of them would be on the basketball team. leave them and their families alone. its hard enough to deal with.
  • by LL Location: GJ on Feb 3, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    The fact is the gun was loaded. Fully loaded. I do have the facts and not from the media. The purpose of a handgun is to shoot someone. If they were going to target practice why did they take it to school? Good kid or not, HE BROKE THE LAW! PERIOD! If all the names of all the other kids were known, they absolutely should be prosecuted. I also know from personal experience that one of the other boys arrested has been expelled from school before because of violence. GO FIGURE. And no harm was intended? Oh please!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    okay for one, it wasnt loaded, they had ammunition but it was not loaded! the few boys & i are in this situation and are dealing with the consequences, nobody but us and the cops know the truth. if you're not in this you need to stay out of it. they never intended to use it against any kids or staff, they were taking it out to the desert to shoot around. get a grip, you obviously dont know the entire story. connor has been my really good friend since kindergarten he would NEVER want to hurt anybody. he knows the mistake he made, i talked to him today and he couldnt say how sorry he was. he didnt want it to get this out of hand. they didnt show the gun off either! over 50 kids knew about it before he even brought it to school because of the purchase that took place. blame some of the other kids too. lets get your facts straight shall we?
  • by LL Location: GJ on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    They might be good kids but they made a stupid decision to take a loaded gun to school. Then they had even more stupidity and spent the day showing it off at the same time hiding it from school staff. That wasn't a mistake. They knew very well what they were doing. If they didn't intend to use it why was the gun LOADED? Get real. A crime is a crime.
  • by Lorrie Location: Grand Junction on Feb 2, 2010 at 07:46 AM
    Shame on you KKCO! There was no need to release the name of this child on your website. Is the story so important to you that you forget that there are others who could be affected by your reporting?
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