PD: 7th grader at Cactus Middle School in Casa Grande found with handgun in backpack

Posted at 2:13 PM, Sep 20, 2016

A Valley 7th grader is in hot water after bringing an unloaded gun and ammunition to school Tuesday.

The Cactus Middle School student brought the gun to school on the bus and was showing it to other kids, according to Casa Grande Police.

Officials said a 13-year-old boy had the gun on him. He brought the gun from home and showed it off to a student while on a school bus. 

Another student told a faculty member who found the gun in the student's backpack.

Police say they don't believe there was any bad intent and the student was just showing off.

The gun was not loaded, but police found ammunition in the backpack.

Authorities will be submitting charges via juvenile court for misconduct with a weapon and disrupting an educational institution to the Pinal County Attorney's Office for review, police said. 

Police do consider this to be a serious incident and are working with the Casa Grande Elementary School District in the investigation.