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Roncalli middle school student arrested for bringing gun to campus

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- A student at Roncalli STEM Academy was arrested Thursday for allegedly bringing a handgun to the school campus.

According to the Pueblo Police Department, a school resource officer at Roncalli got a report about a student possessing a gun after a teacher spotted the student with the gun. The student was contacted at about noon and then placed under arrest.

The school was placed in lockdown while the student was arrested, but regular activities "resumed shortly after," according to PPD. We asked why students weren't sent home following the lockdown, and Dalton Sprouse with District 60 said because there was no longer an immediate threat, they felt it was best to reopen the school.

"As always what we practice in our school district is always see something, say something," Sprouse said. "Today we saw that plan roll out completely. We train for days unfortunately just like this and I'm pleased to say that we followed those actions and that plan precisely so that no students were put in harms way."   

Pueblo Police say there's no evidence at this time of a planned attack. Investigators say early indications point to the student bringing the gun to school for protection purposes.

"This firearm has no serial number on it and no manufacturer so this is what they refer to as a ghost gun so thats part of the investigation. We are trying to make a determination where he obtained this firearm and how he had it at the school," Pueblo Police Sergeant Frank Ortega said.

No shots were fired, and nobody was reported injured in the incident.

The student hasn't been identified, but they're facing charges for possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of a handgun by a juvenile. The student is being held at the Pueblo Youth Center.

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