New Details Surrounding Student Gun Arrest


New information was released Monday surrounding another arrest at Grand Junction High School involving a student and a gun.

The arrest happened on Friday, the last school day before Christmas vacation.

The student faces a couple of felony charges and was handed over to the Division of Youth Corrections.

According to the arrest affidavit, around 1:45 p.m. Friday, a mother picking up her daughter noticed the 15-year-old boy with a gun clearly visible in his waistband.

The mother immediately notified the school resource officer, who confronted the boy and the gun was handed over without incident.

The 15-year-old student is facing possession of a handgun on school grounds and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon on school grounds, both felony crimes.

This is the second incident involving a gun on Grand Junction High School property this month, but police say while it's disturbing there are some positive aspects.

"There's a lot of dialog between the school resource officer and students and parents and information for both incidents were given in a timely manner, with the officer then being able to handle the situations in a timely manner," Public Information Officer Linda Bowman said.

There is a motive as to why the boy was carrying the weapon, however, police are not releasing why and authorities insist that in both gun incidents there is no evidence that violence against other students was intended.

According to Colorado law, any student caught with a deadly weapon on school grounds faces a mandatory expulsion.


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