Bangor seventh-grader charged after police confiscate handgun

Posted Dec. 23, 2010, at 1:27 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A 14-year-old boy brought a handgun to school on Tuesday but school officials learned of it and confiscated the weapon, police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

“An unloaded .25-caliber pistol was retrieved from the locker of a 14-year-old seventh-grade male student and taken into evidence,” Edwards said in a press release. “No ammunition was found on school property or in the possession of the student.”

The James F. Doughty School student, whom police are not identifying because of his age, was charged on Wednesday with possession of a firearm on school property.

“He said he found it,” Edwards said. “We don’t know who owns the gun.”

The student, who has no prior run-ins with police, did not make any threats, Edwards stressed.

“Nobody knows exactly why” the boy took the gun to school, he said. “There are no indications of any threat or violence.”

Edward Hackett, Doughty School’s vice principal, was told about the weapon and retrieved it. He then showed it to school resource officer Myron Warner to see whether it was real, according to Edwards.

Warner examined the gun and determined it was indeed real.

Superintendent Betsy Webb said her staff handled the situation perfectly.

“They were incredibly professional. They handed it swiftly and worked well with the Bangor Police Department,” she said. “We [are] very fortunate that we have that kind of support.”

Webb said the situation was handled without disrupting school.

“There [were] no threats or intention to use it, but law specifies that schools are gun-free zones,” she said.

The gun is not registered to the boy’s parents, and police are still investigating to see who owns it, Edwards said.

The teenager was released to his mother after being charged.

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