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I hope this doesn't get ugly and bite us in the butt. Once again these boys just got a slap on the wrist for this. When will people wake up and realize that we need stricter punishment and not stricter gun laws.

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The Denver Post






Second gun threat at school in Fruita
By Nancy Lofholm
Denver Post Staff Writer


Wednesday, November 24, 2004 -

Fruita - Hundreds of anxious parents waited outside Fruita Middle School on Tuesday during a lockdown after the second gun threat at the school in four days. The threat - a penciled note on a bathroom stall reading, "I brought a gun to school" - was deemed to be a hoax after a 90- minute search of lockers, backpacks, cubbyholes and bulky coats.

Officials announced at the end of the tense lockdown that school would be canceled today. School officials and law-enforcement officers will meet with parents just after school begins Monday morning.

The school of 750 students in this town of 8,000 west of Grand Junction has been in a fearful limbo since an eighth- grader allegedly took two handguns and clips of ammunition to school Friday.

Other students reported the guns, and Fruita police officers - including the boy's mother, an officer on the force - found the weapons. They also obtained a list that named 34 students and spelled out reasons why each should be killed.

The student, 14, was taken into custody and is being held in a youth detention center without bail. He is on probation for an earlier gun violation and is scheduled to be formally charged today.

Four other students, who allegedly had knowledge of the plan or helped the student obtain or hide the guns, have been suspended indefinitely.

Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo said his department is still investigating to determine whether they will be charged. Angelo said the writer of the anonymous threat that prompted Tuesday's lockdown may also face charges if that person can be found.

During the search, students were locked in their classrooms with all windows covered. Some in modular outbuildings said they had to get on the floor under their desks while officers with guns and dogs searched around those units.

"It was a little scary," sixth- grader Cody McNeece said as he hugged his crying mother, Brenda McNeece.

The Fruita Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office responded after school officials reported the threat about 1 p.m.

Staff writer Nancy Lofholm can be reached at 970-256-1957 or [email protected] .
 

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Another slap on the wrist

Once again, just probation. I'm sure he's shaking in his boots.

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2 students charged with gun possession
Wednesday, November 24, 2004

By ANDY KRAVETZ

of the Journal Star

PEORIA - For the second time in a week, a handgun was found at a Peoria school.

Two 15-year-old boys were charged in Peoria County Circuit Court on Tuesday for allegedly possessing a .380-caliber handgun at Greeley Alternative School, 919 NE Jefferson Ave., on Monday, said Peoria County Assistant State's Attorney Michael Spokely.

In addition to the unlawful possession charge, the two teens also face a felony count of unlawful use of weapons. They will appear in juvenile court next week to answer the allegations.

The boys allegedly had the gun during a class. Later, someone saw one of them putting it into a locker, Spokely said.

Greeley principal Michael Lockett declined to provide more details, citing student confidentiality. However, he did say the gun was not loaded and that district security officers handled the matter quickly and quietly. No one was hurt during the incident.

Also on Tuesday, a 13-year-old Mapleton boy pleaded guilty to unlawful use of weapons for bringing a loaded .45-caliber handgun to Pleasant Valley Middle School, according to juvenile court records.

In return for his plea, another count of unlawful possession of a firearm was dropped. The boy was sentenced to 18 months of probation, court records indicate.

According to court records, the boy had the gun both on the bus and at the school, 3314 W. Richwoods Blvd. While riding home from school, the boy fired the gun out the bus window into an empty field, Spokely said.

No one was hurt, and police recovered the gun, which belonged to the boy's foster father, said Officer Ann Ruggles, the spokeswoman for the Peoria Police Department, last week.

 

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Pretty much, kinda like the tazer story, heck that is the last thing my kid would have to worry about, lol. We need to let ppl know values and morals are still ok. Guns are ok too, but like everything else come with great responsibility. Like Spiderman said, "with great power comes great responisiblity" Ok uncle Ben said it but oh well:)
 

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We need to let ppl know values and morals are still ok. :)
A fella said this a few years back and everyone thought he was some kind of nut. I think his name was Mr. Quayle or something.
 

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Differnt situation but relative to the topic. Somewhat local cops busted some suspected armed robbers/ burglery ring suspects yesterday afternoon. Investigation pending.
In the vehicle they found a sawed-off 12 gauge double bbl. shotgun (I saw the gun, this was no Mossberg Cruiser or Persuader). Prosecutors are considering adding a charge due to their proximity of a school that would add penalty to any other charge(s)s they may face. Hmm, Federal violation to create the weapon and yet another Federal violation to possess it. The shotgun will end up in an evidence room and these bozos will do state or county time prior to their release if convicted of anything at all. More gun laws or proper prosecution? 5 years or more Federal time on the weapons charge(s) alone seems suitable from my perspective, the local level stuff could follow if proper prosecution of gun laws were to ever happen. What lesson will they learn (if any)? They'll learn better ways not to get caught from their fellow criminals on the local level. They'll also learn that Federal firearms laws won't neccessarily apply in the commission of crimes. Pathetic.
 
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