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Teen brings gun to Huntsville school

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A day after the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history, a 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday for bringing a gun to school, Huntsville police said.

The teen reportedly wanted to shoot two teachers. Though no one was injured, Huntsville city school officials remained on high alert, The Huntsville Times reported on its Web site.

"We take weapons very, very seriously," Superintendent Ann Roy Moore said.

Security officials at the city's alternative school, the Seldon Center, called police at 8:40 a.m. when the student was seen putting the pistol behind a tire of a vehicle in the school's parking lot. Moore said there were no bullets found in or near the gun.

Police spokesman Wendell Johnson said that a teacher at Seldon told police on Monday that the boy said he wanted to shoot two teachers.

The incident came a day after a gunman killed 32 students at Virginia Tech. Moore said it's a reminder for parents and school officials to watch for suspicious behavior as the school year winds down.

The student was taken to a juvenile detention center. Johnson said the teen is charged with making a terrorist threat and carrying a concealed weapon.

The student will not return to the school for the rest of the semester. Moore said the school system plans to go "to the limit" of the discipline code for the incident.


Information from: The Huntsville Times,

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