Winona boy arrested for bringing loaded gun to school

2013-10-02T00:00:00Z 2013-12-31T12:49:50Z Winona boy arrested for bringing loaded gun to schoolBy Jerome Christenson l Winona Daily News

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.

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(7) Comments

  1. jenimon
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    jenimon - October 04, 2013 5:47 pm
    Winona never has been good at protecting it's citizens. It is the plant food capitol of the world, making national headlines for being overrun with plant food. Winona is full of drunks too. With a bar on every corner and everyone on plant food, are parents home watching their brats? Who were the foolish kids that knew this punk was bringing a gun in and said nothing? Are they getting charged with something or punished in any way? Why not? Maybe if they get kicked out of school it will teach other kids a lesson in keeping their mouth shut. If someone would have gotten shot, they would have been just as guilty and have just as much blood on their hands as the shooter. The kids in Winona are savages. Winona is just a run-down cesspool.
  2. Expire
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    Expire - October 02, 2013 3:20 pm
    What I don't understand is how school teachers, staff, their SECURITY (from what i remember when I went to WSHS, the security was all over the place), and students let it go for that long without saying or suspecting anything. I could be seen from across the school grounds outside spitting gum out and get it coming to me immediately. I just don't see how it adds up.
  3. Brutally Honest
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    Brutally Honest - October 02, 2013 1:07 pm
    Here's the truth of the matter regarding publishing the name of a minor through a media outlet according to Attorney Patrick J. McDonnell:

    "At 16 you are criminally responsible as an adult. The First Amendment to the Constitution provides for freedom of the press. They can report on news they deem fit to publish. Defamation of character would apply only if the facts were not true."
  4. doesitmatter
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    doesitmatter - October 02, 2013 12:19 pm
    Couldn't agree with you more Jayge. WInona daily news does a horrible job of reporting. When they have a chance to blow someones reputation. They will. THats why less and less people are getting this horrid paper.
  5. FranklinBluth
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    FranklinBluth - October 02, 2013 9:32 am
    Jayge, is this you?

    That's really kinda messed up that they printed your name. Aren't all juveniles protected from that? Not sure I completely understand the rules on it.
  6. Sickofit
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    Sickofit - October 02, 2013 8:30 am
    I am sure everyone was dong there job, but I wish that parents would have been made aware of this since the bussing system is shared with the middle schoolers.
  7. Jayge Sattler
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    Jayge Sattler - October 02, 2013 7:50 am
    Oh, but when I lockdown the school you post my name in bold, run terrible articles about me & destroy my job outlook in Winona for the next twenty years. Thanks WDN. You're a sparkling organization. Not to mention you PAY SO WELL.
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