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Charges: Student brought loaded gun to class at Twin Cities school

The teenager is facing felony charges.

A high school student brought a stolen and loaded handgun to class in his backpack, charges say.

The 18 year old, Joshua Z. Bernard, of Maple Grove, brought the gun to class at the Osseo Area Learning Center in Brooklyn Park on Friday.

A criminal complaint states he had the gun on campus for more than five hours while attending classes, and was caught with it later in his vehicle by police who pulled him over for traffic violations in Brooklyn Center.

Police found in his backpack a Glock 9mm handgun with "several rounds loaded into the magazine" as well as several loose rounds.


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When interviewed later, Bernard admitted he'd had the gun in school between 8:50 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., saying initially that a friend had given it to him for protection.

He later admitted to stealing the gun from the console of an unlocked vehicle in a residential driveway in Tessman Terrace, Brooklyn Park about a week earlier.

The gun had been reported stolen.

Bernard has been charged with theft and bringing a firearm on school property – both felonies.

The Osseo School District only found out about the incident on Monday, it told the Star Tribune, and hasn't said whether Barnard will be disciplined.

Tensions at schools have been heightened since the Parkland shooting in Florida, with multiple schools across the state the subject of threats of violence since. 

Last month, a student at Como High School in St. Paul was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun to class.

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