Moore Middle School Student Arrested For Bringing Weapons To School

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 8:39 pm
By: News 9

Four days after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, a metro middle school student is arrested for bringing a duffle bag full of weapons to school.

Police say no threats were made and no one was injured, but students at Highland East Junior High in Moore were shaken up.

12/18/2012 Related Story: Moore Student Caught With Knives, Air Pistols

Police say the teen had large knives and two air guns that shoot plastic pellets. Those guns are not made to kill, but police say they look like the real thing.

Students left Highland East Junior High School on Tuesday with a mixture of emotions.

"I heard kids in the hallway saying they didn't want to be here," one student told News 9. "They don't want to be hurt."

Police arrested a 14-year-old boy after the school found the weapons inside the his locker.

Police say the boy had four to five knives with six and seven inch-long blades. Officials also found two pellet guns and two throwing stars.

"I've known this kid since elementary [school] ... he's not a bad kid," one of the boy's friends said.

News 9 tried talking with the boy's parents, but no one answered the door at their Moore home.

In a letter sent home to parents, the school district said, " ... it appears that there was no intent to cause harm."

Read the letter

Police arrested the teen during his first period class. A student in that class described what she saw.

"[The teacher] checked his pockets and stuff, and then she looked pretty angry at him," the student said. "She pulled him out and he never came back in."

Police are now interviewing the boy to learn why he brought the weapons to school.

"Those weapons would be illegal to just carry on your person ... even if you're not in a school," Sgt. Jeremy Lewis with Moore police said.

Classmates tell News 9 the boy never seemed to be in trouble until Tuesday.

"Truthfully, I don't think he would have it in him [to shoot people]," one classmate said.

News 9 will not release the boy's identity until a charge is filed. Police say the teen will likely face one felony count of possession of weapons on school property.