Student with gun, 7 knives facing 7 felony charges - WNEM TV 5

Student with gun, 7 knives facing 7 felony charges

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A 16-year-old Mid-Michigan student has been charged after school officials say they found a loaded gun in his backpack.

The Mayville High School student, from Fostoria, was arrested on Thursday. Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene said a .22 caliber pistol was found with two magazines in his backpack, along with seven knives.

The student had apparently been in class for three hours before being arrested without incident. Some parents TV5 spoke with said this affirms their fears.

"My son's in the Army and I think he's probably more protected being in the Army than the kids that go to school," said Melissa Jenks, a parent of a senior at Mayville High School. "It's just a shame that society has come to this. You can't even send your kids to school, that's supposed to be the safe place to send them, and it's not."

The arrest came a day after Reene said the student made a verbal threat to harm another student. Reene tells TV5 the student who allegedly had the threat made against them told a school staffer, who told district administration.

"I'm glad they apprehended him before it went any further, because you're talking serious injury or even death," James Booterbaugh, who has several family members who attend the schools, said.

"I don't know if they need metal detectors, if it's going to come down to that, or the teachers are going to need concealed weapons, I mean, I don't know," Jenks said.

The student, whose name has not been released, is in the Juvenile Detention Facility in Bay County.

The student is facing seven felonies and one misdemeanor. If he's convicted on all counts, he faces anywhere from five to as many as 33 years behind bars.

He is due back in court later in April.

School officials said they have made changes to their policy, including reviewing their already existing policy on reporting threats and updating their security camera system.

The full statement is below.

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