Teen brings loaded handgun to school

3:35 PM, Nov 13, 2012   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids teen is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center after bringing a handgun to school Tuesday morning.

Grand Rapids Police say that staff at The Lighthouse Charter Academy on Ekhart Street NE called 911 that a student was carrying the concealed weapon.  Police contacted the student and found him to be carrying a loaded .38 caliber handgun.  He was arrested and is being held.

Anyone with information is asked to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

At about 3:30pm, The Lighthouse Charter Academy released the following statement:

This morning, a staff member at Lighthouse Academy - North Campus, a strict disciplinary academy, was informed by a student that another student had brought a gun to school. The school immediately called the police who searched the student, found a gun, and promptly arrested him. The safety and well-being of our students is of the utmost concern to our school. Therefore, the student has been suspended indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing by the board. It's important to note that no students were threatened by the student prior to the arrest and the school day continued without further incident. I commend both the student who came forward for doing the right thing by speaking up, and the staff who handled this unfortunate incident swiftly and appropriately.

Heidi Cate,

Superintendent

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