A 15-year-old Winona boy was taken into juvenile custody Monday morning for bringing a loaded handgun to school.
The boy was arrested about 8:30 a.m. after he and his parents met with police and Winona Senior High School administrators. The boy admitted to bringing the gun to school. It was later recovered from the home of a relative, deputy police chief Tom Williams said Tuesday.
Police became aware of the situation Thursday when a girl reported seeing the boy with a loaded .22 handgun in his pocket at the high school. The school liaison officer interviewed several students and determined that the boy had been bringing the pistol to school for several weeks and, on one occasion, put it to the head of another student near the bike racks at the high school, Williams said.
Felony charges of second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon on school property and making terroristic threats have been referred against the boy, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile.
Williams said the owner of the gun, and how the boy came to possess it, have not been determined. The Winona Police Department is continuing to investigate.