Loaded gun brought to Pinconning Middle School, 13-year-old arrested, police say

A 13-year-old student at Pinconning Middle School brought a loaded gun to school on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Published: Jan. 11, 2023 at 10:46 AM EST
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PINCONNING, Mich. (WNEM) - Michigan State Police are investigating after an eight-grade student brought a loaded gun to Pinconning Middle School.

The incident happened on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Superintendent Andy Kowalczyk said administration was made aware of a student with a possible weapon about 1:45 p.m. and the student was immediately removed from class.

Staff discovered a loaded .22 handgun and extra magazine with ammunition in the student’s possession, Michigan State Police said.

“Worried, scared, you know that what could’ve happened. You know knowing that this was a very scary situation, but very happy that it turned out the way it did,” Kowalczyk said about the incident.

Kowalczyk said the student told other students he had it, keeping it in his locker most of the day before bringing it to his fifth-hour class.

“We have a great hall monitor who checks lockers occasionally, and he was very afraid that he had this in his possession and put it in his waistband to avoid getting caught in the locker,” Kowalczyk said.

Kowalczyk said the teacher in that class and other students had no idea there was a handgun in the room until the student was taken down to the office about a minute after administrators were told about it.

“And after talking to him and knowing there was no issue that we had heard of with other students or anything like that. There was no plan to use it, but still having it is not good,” Kowalczyk said.

The student told school administrators he had a weapon he forgot to remove from his bag after a weekend stay with a parent, Kowalczyk said.

“The investigation suggests the student did not bring the weapon to school to use,” Kowalczyk said.

Heather Bargeron, the parent of another eighth-grade student at Pinconning Middle School, kept her son home on Wednesday due to the incident.

“They should’ve went instant lockdown when they found that there was a weapon in the school,” Bargeron said. “He definitely needs to be punished for what he did.”

Kowalczyk said he is grateful students came forward to alert staff, and he’s proud of the school’s quick response.

“I think that they all understand that the situation with yesterday, it is not a worry today. And we’re moving on,” Kowalczyk said.

The 13-year-old male student was taken into custody and lodged at a local juvenile detention facility.

No injuries were reported.

Michigan State Police said the incident remains under investigation.