Police charge 9-year-old for bringing pellet gun to school

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy is facing a criminal charge after police say he brought a pellet gun to his school in Massachusetts.

Police say officials at the Comprehensive Grammar School in Methuen (mih-THOO'-uhn) found the gun in the student's backpack along with a bag of pellets Friday. Chief Joseph Solomon tells The Eagle-Tribune that school officials were searching for something else "non-criminal" when the student mentioned the gun.

Authorities say the school's resource officer was notified, as well as the boy's mother. The boy has been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on a campus, and he received a juvenile court summons.

The boy's charge comes weeks after a 10-year-old Methuen boy was arrested for shooting a BB gun at two school buses. No one was injured.




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