Charges issued after boy, 13, found with gun near school - WNEM TV 5

Charges issued after boy, 13, found with gun near school

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Charges have been issued after a 13-year-old boy was apprehended with a gun near a Saginaw elementary school.

Saginaw police received a report about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday of a person with a gun outside of Herig Elementary School, located at 1905 Houghton St.

Principal Jeanine Kowalski said in a Facebook post to parents, the elementary's campus security notified her of two children fighting approximately two blocks from the school. Security was told one of the children had a gun. 

Officers apprehended the teen, a 13-year-old boy, who was not a student of Herig Elementary School, police said.

Police also found a handgun in a neighboring field during their investigation, according to Kowalski.

Saginaw Police Det. Sgt. Matthew Gerow said the gun was stolen in Bay County last year. It's unclear how the gun got in the teen's possession, Gerow said. 

No one was injured during the incident.

Saginaw County Prosecutor John McColgan said the following charges have been issued against the teen in connection with the incident:

  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Receiving/concealing a stolen firearm
  • Possession of a weapon in a school zone
  • Minor in possession of a firearm in public

The incident remains under investigation. McColgan said no threats were made toward the school and the student did not enter the school with the weapon.

Kowalski said there will be additional security present at the elementary school Wednesday. 

"Why is there a gun? Why was there a gun on premises at an elementary school," said Lee Mannie, parent.

Saginaw Public Schools said their security department will continue to work with law enforcement investigating the matter.

As for Mannie, he wants to see more security at his school from this day forward.

"Hopefully they can step up and take initiative to it," Mannie said.

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