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OKC fourth-grader arrested after teachers find unloaded gun in backpack

Coolidge Elementary School, 5212 S Villa, was not locked down after Friday afternoon incident, district officials said.
by Tim Willert Published: April 11, 2014

A Coolidge Elementary School fourth-grader was arrested Friday afternoon after teachers found an unloaded handgun in his backpack, police said.

The 11-year-old boy was arrested on complaints of possession of a firearm on school campus, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, and possession of a knife on school campus.

“Nobody was injured and the gun was not loaded,” Oklahoma City Public Schools spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin said. “We heard of a threat to another student.”

The boy’s backpack was searched after another student was caught with a knife and said he got the knife from the 11-year-old boy, police reported.

Oklahoma City police were called to the school, 5212 S Villa, as soon as the incident was reported by the student to a staff member around 1 p.m., Tinnin said.

The school was not locked down, she said, “because as soon as it was reported the student was isolated and police were called.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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