Student, 10, charged for gun at school
Officials say loaded weapon was found on boy after school
Detroit — A 10-year-old boy barely able to reach the top of the defendant’s table in a courtroom at the Juvenile Detention Center in downtown Detroit was charged Thursday with bringing a loaded gun to school.
The boy was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon in a weapon-free school zone at a preliminary hearing in the Wayne County Juvenile Facility. He was given a $5,000 personal bond by Referee Leslie Graves, who told the child’s mother she could take him home.
According to authorities, the boy brought a loaded gun Wednesday to Spain Elementary-Middle School, where he is a student.
Parents of children who attend the school were informed of the incident, according to the Detroit Public Schools Community District.
Spain Elementary-Middle School is at 3700 Beaubien near Mack and Interstate 75.
District officials said the gun, with a bullet in the chamber, was found on the student after school Wednesday.
“The gun was seen by another student at the end of the school day and it was reported to a teacher,” officials said in a message given to parents through an automated phone calling system.
“The student was stopped and searched. There was no evidence that the student planned to use the gun at school.”
The child’s lawyer, Stephanie White, said the case is shocking but emphasized that not all of the details about the incident have been revealed.
“Any 10-year-old taking a gun into a school is going to be surprising,” White said after the hearing.
The mother of the youngster told Graves her son had been in therapy before, that he has been suspended from school and will have to be home-schooled for now.
She declined to speak with a reporter after the hearing.
The boy’s next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Lincoln Hall of Justice before Referee Mona Youssef.