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Utah boy charged with bringing gun to school
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Posted 12/19/12
http://news.yahoo.com/utah-boy-charged-bringing-gun-school-cites-fears-023430546.html




Utah boy charged with bringing gun to school, cites fears of Newtown attack



SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - An 11-year-old Utah boy who said he brought a gun to school to protect himself from a Newtown-style attack, then brandished the pistol at three classmates during recess, has been detained on assault and weapons charges, a school spokesman said on Tuesday.

The boy, a Utah sixth-grader, took the unloaded .22-caliber handgun to his school south of Salt Lake City in his backpack on Monday, a spokesman for the Granite School District said.

Some ammunition was also found in the backpack, but it did not appear to go with the gun, said the spokesman, Ben Horsley.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred as jittery parents, teachers and students around the country faced their first day back at school since 20 children and six adult staffers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, were shot to death by a lone gunman last Friday.

The 11-year-old student at Utah's West Kearns Elementary, who was not publicly identified, has insisted he brought the gun to school to "protect himself and his friends from a Connecticut-style incident," Horsley said.

However, the boy is accused of waving the gun at three classmates on a soccer field during recess. Later on Monday, one of those students and a second classmate alerted their teacher, who "immediately took the student into custody and took him down to the principal's office," Horsley said.

After being briefly questioned, the boy admitted bringing the gun to school, and the weapon was recovered minutes later.

Some parents questioned the decision not to initiate a security "lockdown," but school administrators reasoned that it made no sense to risk alarming students when the threat was so quickly averted, Horsley said.

The boy was booked into a local juvenile detention center on Monday night on one count of possession of a deadly weapon on school property and three counts of aggravated assault. He was also suspended from school indefinitely.

Horsley described the boy's parents as shocked by the incident and cooperating with investigators, who found the gun belonged to a relative who has been living temporarily with the boy's family.

He said the community was "rightfully" shaken by the incident. "Because of the tragic occurrence in Connecticut, people's emotions with respect to children's safety is right at the surface, and we're just as concerned as the parents."

Because the incident unfolded less than an hour before classes were dismissed, parents could not be notified until well after the school day had ended, and only then by telephone, he said.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Lisa Shumaker)
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Posted 12/19/12
wow too many things are going on with guns and just in the past few days this is sad
Posted 12/19/12 , edited 12/19/12
Idiots don't know how to store a gun.
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Posted 12/19/12
why are ppl not locking up there guns? A 11 year kid this time found away to get his hands on a gun. Everyone that owns a gun needs to start locking them up or get rid of them, mostly to the ppl that have kids in the house, look at what happen and the shooting that happen about a week ago.
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Posted 12/19/12
ANOTHER gun incident? ........Next thing you know, I'll get shot, too. ;_;
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Posted 12/19/12
Inside job.
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-Vega- wrote:

Inside job.


This guy right here.
Posted 12/21/12 , edited 12/21/12
Lol, just yesterday a fourteen year old brought a loaded .25 Caliber to my school.
Arrested him cause the dumbass was playing with the amunition during class.
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Posted 12/21/12
I think it's ridiculous. Yes, the kid was in the wrong for bringing a gun to school, but I can't help but feel bad for the young lad. It's gotten so bad, kids are now afraid to go to school! He wanted to bring a weapon to protect himself? It's really sad that kids don't feel safe going to school.. I remember the good old days where school was the only place I felt safe. Now, I don't feel safe anywhere...
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Posted 12/21/12
In Utah, carrying a gun into school is perfectly legal for individuals 18 and older. As the gun didn't have a round in the chamber (it was unloaded) it was more than one mechanical action from firing, and so therefore the boy was not legally carrying a concealed weapon, but legally transporting it. Adults permitted to carry concealed weapons may carry them wherever they like, excepting churches or religious meetings, and there are no state restrictions on legally transported guns.

Utah gun laws allow guns in schools, but they do not allow minors to possess firearms without parental permission, or to possess handguns. HOWEVER, it is a class A misdemeanor for anyone to brandish a gun as a way of threatening others, whether it is loaded or not.

That all being said, his parents are idiots for not properly using a gun safe. The entire family should be required to undergo firearm safety training.
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Posted 12/21/12
Sad. People really need to lock up and secure their weapons so children or anyone mentally unstable would not get their hands on them so easily. You think someone with a little brain power would know that.
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Posted 12/21/12
I remember reading how the principal and another faculty member rushed the gunman in last week's shooting and died because of it. What if they had guns of their own?

We need more guns not less dammit. This boy's on the right track. I just wish more people realized it.
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Dumbass 11 year old. You don't show people you have a weapon on you. Bloody fool, look what you did to yourself.
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