Greeley Central High School: Student Found With Gun, Arrested

A Greeley Central High School student was arrested on Wednesday morning after a gun and ammunition were found in his backpack.

School administrators apparently responded to a complaint that a group of students was smoking marijuana near the school’s campus at 1600 14th Avenue in Greeley this morning. When they arrived at approximately 7:20, they detained four teenage boys; one senior, one junior and two sophomores, and took them back to the school.

The administrators then proceeded to search the student’s backpacks. Marijuana was found in two of the backpacks, while the third contained an unloaded.38 caliber semi-automatic handgun in a holster and ammunition in a separate compartment, according to CBS Denver.

Greeley Central High School Safety Director John Gates and the 17-year-old, who has not been identified because of his age, were interviewed by the police. The student was then taken into custody and taken to Platte Valley Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility. He was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon on school grounds and possession of a handgun by a minor, according to police spokesman Joe Tymkowych.

School spokeswoman Theresa Myers told 7NEWS that the teen had no prior disciplinary record, and “he didn’t have any ill intent at the school that we know of with the weapon.” However, bringing a gun onto school grounds is illegal based on state and federal laws. Myers also said the student originally denied owning the gun and never said why it was in his backpack.

“He was questioned extensively, and his parents were called,” Myers said. “There is absolutely no indication he intended to use the gun.”

The other three students were released to their parents.

While it is unclear what kind of legal punishment the teen will face, Myers said there will definitely be school-related discipline.

“We’ll work with police to determine what that is,” Myers said. “It will be a process, and it’s not a decision we’ll make today.”

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