US Teen Arrested for Bringing Rifle and Ammunition to School.
In Phoenix, a high school student was arrested after allegedly bringing an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition concealed in a lunchbox.
The incident occurred at Bostrom High School in Maryvale, and the Phoenix police responded to the scene after being notified about the possible presence of a gun on campus.
Upon arriving at the school, officers discovered the student with the rifle and found additional ammunition in the student’s backpack and lunchbox. As a precautionary measure, the school immediately initiated a lockdown that lasted for a little over an hour.
The prompt actions of those who reported the possibility of a weapon on school grounds to the adults on campus were commended by the Phoenix police.
The 15-year-old boy, whose identity has been withheld due to being a minor, remains in police custody. The Pinal County Attorney’s Office has charged him with two felonies: possession of a firearm and interference with or disruption of an educational institution.
The school district expressed its cooperation with the ongoing investigation by the Phoenix Police Department. Additional safety measures will be implemented as a precautionary measure. Principal Michelle Gutierrez de Jimenez emphasized that the safety of students and staff is of utmost importance and acknowledged the fear and anxiety caused by the incident. Social-emotional support will be made available to those in need.
Authorities have not disclosed how the boy obtained the firearm or whether a motive for bringing it to school has been determined.
It is worth noting that AR-15-style rifles have been involved in numerous mass shootings in the US, including the recent Texas mall shooting. These rifles are semi-automatic, meaning they fire one bullet per trigger pull and automatically reload for subsequent shots.