An Arizona High School student showed up for class Friday morning with a dangerous accessory – a gun.
According to reports, a student had noticed the gun in his classmate’s backpack. He then immediately notified the teacher.
Casa Grande Police Department have confirmed that they have arrested two students involved in the incident Friday morning.
Police determined that a 16-year-old male student had brought the handgun to school in his backpack.
According to police, the 16-year-old, along with another student, a 15-year-old male, were both in possession of the firearm at various times throughout the morning. Police said that the two teenagers had threatened another teenage student with the weapon.
Casa Grande school district’s superintendent, Shannon Goodsell, said that no students or staff members were injured, however, the student also had brought ammunition to accompany the unloaded weapon.
Sophomore student, Joseph Wilson, said, “He was showing everybody around, showing the gun around.”
Wilson, who is in his third-period class with the 16-year-old, went on to say, “He doesn’t seem like the type who would do that. He seems like a good kid. He’s funny, gets along with just about everybody.”
The two teens were arrested and could face charges of threatening and misconduct with weapons
School officials were not aware of a potential motive the student had for bringing the gun to school.
Goodsell told reporters that parents were notified of the situation via robo call system with the following statement:
CGUHSD is very proud of our students, staff, administration and the Casa Grande Police Department for their quick and effective response to today’s events. The safety of our students and the safety of our community is one of our top priorities.
A similar incident was reported at Cactus Middle School in Casa Grande, where in September a student brought a handgun to school in their backpack.
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