Winona boy brings loaded gun to school for weeks

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A 15-year-old boy has been taken into custody, accused of bringing a loaded handgun to Winona High School, the Winona Daily News reports.

A school officer said an initial investigation indicated the teen had been bringing the .22 handgun to school over several weeks, and that at one point he had pointed it at another student by a school bike rack, the newspaper reports.

A female student tipped police. The boy was arrested after he and his parents met with police and school administrators, the Daily News reports. The boy admitted to bringing the weapon to school, police said.

Investigators found the gun later at the home of a relative, the Daily News reported.

Nationwide, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2012 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 5.4 percent of students nationwide had carried a weapon (i.e., a gun, knife or club) on school property on at least one day during the 30 days before the survey.

Still, high-profile reports of Minnesota students carrying loaded guns to school are fairly rare. Last week, St. Cloud Area School District canceled classes at McKinley Area Learning Center in Waite Park Friday after a former student threatened to put students and staff in harm’s way.

A handgun in a student’s backpack went off outside Bethune Community School in north Minneapolis in May just before school let out for the day.

And in March, a 12-year-old boy gave the town of New Prague a huge scare by calling in a false report of a middle school shooting.

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