13 y.o. Boy Busted for Allegedly Packing Semi-Automatic Handgun and Ammo at School
A student who brought a semi-automatic handgun and ammunition to Jordan Intermediate School Monday morning was later booked on weapons charges, and four of his classmates at the Garden Grove school have been disciplined for having seen the weapon but failing to report it, police said.
The student who had the Colt Mark IV, .38 caliber handgun registered to an adult relative was only identified as Vietnamese American.
Officers were sent to the school at 9821 Woodbury Ave. at 9:41 a.m. Monday after receiving a report that a student in a classroom had a loaded gun in his backpack, reports Lt. Ben Stauffer, the Garden Grove police spokesman.
The gun had no magazine in it, but after the boy was detained by officers they discovered he had a loaded magazine in his front pants pocket, Stauffer said.
Here is a full view of the gun and magazine:
The handgun and magazine
All photos courtesy of Garden Grove Police Department
While the gun was properly registered to a family member who lives with the boy, a .22 caliber Ruger rifle that was not properly registered was seized by officers who'd served a search warrant at the 13-year-old's home. Here it is:
The boy was arrested and later booked into Orange County Juvenile Hall on weapons charges, informed Stauffer, who added an adult at the home was cited for a misdemeanor gun registration violation.
The Garden Grove School District notified parents about the incident Monday evening, stating no children were threatened and that classes that day proceeded normally.
Stauffer says school officials told him four other students who had seen the handgun in the boy's possession on campus but who failed to report it to school staff were disciplined. One student, a recent transfer, was sent back to his original school campus. The other three were suspended and will not return to Jordan Intermediate School, Stauffer related.
Someone else did inform school staff about the handgun, which led to the call to police.
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