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Police: Peoria student brings gun to high school, leaves it in car

Posted at 12:32 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 18:27:09-05

A high school student in Peoria is accused of having a gun in his car while it was parked in the campus parking lot. 

Authorities were called Wednesday to Liberty High School, near 91st Avenue and Deer Valley Road, after receiving an anonymous tip about a gun in the school's parking lot. 

Police investigated the incident and 18-year-old Michael Helt was taken to 4th Avenue Jail where he was charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds.

According to a police spokesperson, Helt mistakenly brought the gun to the school; he did not make any threats. 

Peoria police say these incidents are taken very seriously by both the Peoria Unified School District and the Peoria Police Department.

Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is urged to contact Peoria police.

The day after a shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, a Scottsdale student was arrested after a gun was found in his car at Chaparral High School. On Wednesday, a student in Chino Valley was questioned by police after being accused of making threats on social media.