Wednesday 7 December 2016

Parents disarm own son in Utah school hallway

Published 01/12/2016 | 19:41

Police in Utah responded after a school student was disarmed in a hallway
Police in Utah responded after a school student was disarmed in a hallway

Two fast-acting parents disarmed their own 15-year-old son at a Utah middle school on Thursday after the teenager brought the family's shotgun and handgun to school, and fired at least one round without injuring anyone.

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Police chief Tom Ross said the boy's mother and father became concerned about their son on Thursday morning.

They went to Mueller Park Junior High in the northern Utah city of Bountiful when they noticed their weapons were missing.

Mr Ross said the parents confronted their son in a school hallway and disarmed him.

Police were still trying to learn whether the student intentionally fired the gun or if the weapon went off accidentally while the parents intervened.

Mr Ross did not immediately have details about whether anyone else was around but he says students were in classes nearby.

A teacher called 911 and a police officer who happened to be down the street arrived and took custody of the student soon after, police said.

Police recovered a handgun and a shotgun from the student, Mr Ross said. He did not have details on which weapon fired.

Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams praised the parents, saying: "It's all of our jobs to keep kids safe."

Mr Williams had no immediate information about the student or whether he had any history of trouble or incidents at the school.

Mr Ross said the student was in custody on Thursday morning but he did not know if he was still being questioned at the school or in another location.

The school, about 11 miles north of Salt Lake City, remained on lockdown while more than 100 officers went room-by-room through the building to ensure it was safe.

The incident comes about two weeks after another Utah student stabbed five random high-school classmates and himself before he was cornered by school workers, according to police.

The victims and the 16-year-old suspect survived the wounds. The teen has been charged with five counts of attempted murder in connection with the November 15 rampage at a school in Orem, about 50 miles south of Mueller Park Junior High.

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