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Teens Expelled From School for Having Loaded Handgun

Posted at: 02/20/2013 6:45 PM
Updated at: 02/20/2013 10:11 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) --Two north Iowa teens were expelled from school on Monday after authorities said they brought a handgun onto school grounds.

Police said the gun was actually stolen from a friend and loaded when they brought it to Osage High School.

School officials were first alerted to the situation after interviewing students about some related problems going on within the school.

Officials would not go into detail about what those problems were, but they said the incident happened on January 30th and police were notified January 31st.

The two expelled students are 14 and 16-years-old.

Police still don't know exactly why they decided to bring the weapon on school grounds, but thankfully they said that they felt students were not in any danger.

The gun was left in a car in the school's parking lot and the students never brought it inside the building.

Police have since recovered the weapon and the two teens face criminal charges for theft and for bringing a weapon on school grounds.

Authorities said that although the danger was minimal, the situation was certainly startling.

“You're always surprised, I mean, this is the first time I've ever been through an expulsion hearing with kids,” said Superintendent Steve Bass. “It's very emotional."

“You don't expect it, but it can happen anywhere,” said Osage Police Chief Brian Wright. “I think Newtown, Connecticut, has proven it can happen anywhere."

School officials did not notify parents or staff of the incident because they said there was no real threat.

The Osage School Board voted unanimously to expel the students at a hearing on Monday night.

Officials said they will try to work with the students to enroll them in online classes or find them a tutor during their one year expulsion.