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Student expelled for gun at school

A 13-year-old boy who brought a gun to Magnolia Intermediate School in September will be taught at home after getting expelled for the rest of the school year.

The Pleasant Ridge Union School District board of trustees voted last week to expel the eighth grader.

The boy brought a loaded handgun to the south county campus Sept. 25, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested that night after his parents reported he became unruly when they confiscated the gun.

He was arrested again Oct. 11 after another student reported the boy had brought the gun to school. The student said the gun was in a backpack, and he never saw the boy pull it out of the backpack, Superintendent Jim Meshwert said.

The board’s expulsion vote was unanimous, according to Meshwert, who called the event a rarity in his district. A letter on the vote was mailed to parents of the school’s students.

Meanwhile, the boy’s studies will resume at home since he qualifies for the state-funded Home and Hospital Program. A doctor recommended he be taught at home, Meshwert said, declining to identify the boy’s condition.

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