Tucson teen faces charges after bringing gun to school

2013-08-12T13:55:00Z 2013-08-12T14:33:05Z Tucson teen faces charges after bringing gun to schoolVeronica M. Cruz and Alexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A 15-year-old boy who brought a gun to Pueblo Magnet High School is facing several charges and expulsion after the weapon accidentally discharged in a bathroom stall Friday.

Around 10:30 a.m. a school monitor heard a shot fired in the bathroom and when the boy came out he was escorted to the office and police were called, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman.

Nothing was seriously damaged and nobody was injured when the gun went off, Hawke said.

The gun was retrieved and the boy was held until police arrived at the south side campus, 3500 S. 12th Ave., said Cara Rene, a Tucson Unified School District spokeswoman.

“We believe he was playing with the handgun and it accidentally discharged,” Rene said. “The weapon was not being pointed at anyone or anything.”

One other student was in the bathroom at the time, but he was not involved.

The boy faces one count each of weapons misconduct for having a gun on a school campus, weapons misconduct for being a prohibited possessor and discharging a firearm within city limits, Hawke said.

His case is being handled by Pima County Juvenile Court, she said.

Due to the severity of the incident, the boy was automatically suspended.

There will be an expulsion hearing and the Governing Board will make a determination on whether he can return to a TUSD school.

A letter was sent home to Pueblo parents Friday, Rene said.

“We’re just grateful no one was hurt and that the monitors and school safety responded immediately and contained the situation quickly,” Rene said.

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