Stu­dent, 10, charged for gun at school

Of­fi­cials say loaded weapon was found on boy af­ter school

The Detroit News - - News - BY CHARLES E. RAMIREZ AND ORALANDAR BRAND-WIL­LIAMS The Detroit News

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.

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