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Teen student arrested for having gun at Sandra Day O'Connor High School in north Phoenix

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Posted at 7:15 AM, Apr 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-09 13:49:23-04

PHOENIX — A gun was reportedly brought to campus by a student this week at Sandra Day O'Connor High School in north Phoenix.

Officials with the Deer Valley Unified School District sent out a letter to parents to "discourage rumors" that were going around about the incident.

The letter stated that after school on Wednesday, a student reported to an administrator that a student may have taken a weapon to school on Monday and Tuesday.

Administrators immediately started investigating and alerted the Phoenix Police Department, said Dr. Lynn Miller, Principal OHS.

On Thursday morning, prior to the start of classes, the student in question and their parents were asked to meet with administrators. During that meeting, Dr. Miller said the student admitted to having a gun on campus Monday and Tuesday.

Per Deer Valley USD's Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, bringing a firearm to school results in an automatic recommendation for expulsion. Dr. Miller did not specifically say what actions were taken against the student.

On Friday, the Phoenix Police Department confirmed a school resource officer was alerted about the incident Wednesday and responded to the school.

Officials said the 16-year-old student was not in possession of the gun at the time the officer arrived at the school. It was later turned over to police by the student's parents, police said.

The teen was arrested and booked into the Durango Juvenile Detention Center.