Boy arrested for school gun |

Boy arrested for school gun

A 13-year-old boy was arrested at Magnolia Intermediate School Friday for taking a loaded handgun to campus last month, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest came after a witness told a school resources officer, Deputy Matt Gross, that the boy had the gun on campus Sept. 25.

It was the boy’s second arrest in the case. He was first arrested Sept. 25 after his parents reported he became unruly when they confiscated the gun at their home.

Before the witness came forward this week, officers didn’t have corroborating evidence of the gun being on campus, Gross said. He was arrested at 12:25 p.m. and booked into juvenile hall.

Pleasant Ridge School District Superintendent Jim Meshwert called the incident “disturbing” and a rarity in his career. But he stressed the boy had never threatened anyone with the gun.

The district board of trustees will review the case. If the board determines the student was armed on campus, the law requires expulsion.

“We will not tolerate having firearms on campus,” Meshwert said.

“There is no justification for that,” he emphasized.

After his first arrest, the boy, who has more than a dozen encounters with law enforcement, allegedly said the gun was for personal protection, Gross said.

The teen also claimed that he bought the gun at school, but that couldn’t be verified.

A background check found the gun was unregistered.

The boy’s arrest record goes back to his fifth-grade year, when he allegedly attacked a teacher, according to Gross.

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