MCSO: Dysart High School Student Brought Gun to School, Threatened to Shoot Classmate
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested a 16-year-old Dysart High School student who brought a gun to school yesterday.
According to MCSO, that kid apparently showed the gun to a 14-year-old classmate that morning at the school-bus stop, and said he was going to kill him.
School officials had contacted the Sheriff's Office yesterday to request a welfare check on the 14-year-old boy, who lives in Youngtown, as he didn't show up to school, and school authorities believed he may have been suicidal.
It turns out, the 14-year-old boy's mom said the 16-year-old had shown her son the gun, and threatened him with it, according to information provided by the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies waited at the bus stop for the 16-year-old boy yesterday afternoon, and they found him in possession of a .25-caliber handgun, which the Sheriff's Office says was loaded.
MCSO Sergeant Brandon Jones tells New Times the kid wouldn't say how he got the gun, other than that he got it from a friend.
The 16-year-old kid -- whose name hasn't been released -- admitted to taking the gun to school, and on the bus. He was jailed on four felony charges.
As usual, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's using this as press-release material.
"This is the third recent incident where my deputies have investigated school violence," Arpaio's canned statement says. "It is exactly why I am providing active shooter training for members of my school posse patrol program this weekend, and why I sent out the armed posse in the first place."
In case you missed it, Steven Seagal will be helping the posse with the active-shooter training this weekend.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Phoenix, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.