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Student, parents worry after Henderson middle school boy arrested for gun on campus

Posted at 11:26 PM, Oct 22, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Some students and parents are worried after an 11-year-old boy was arrested Monday after authorities say he brought a gun to his Henderson middle school.

"The principal and this other guy just burst into the room and take this kid -- sitting right behind me -- out. And so our classroom just sort of went into this shock," said Claire, a sixth grader at Del Webb Middle School.

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Authorities did not release many details regarding the incident, only that school leaders received information about the gun that was first spotted on the school bus on Monday.

"We really didn't know much about the event, but there were authorities that escorted us out of the classroom and into another classroom nearby the entrance to the hallway. I feel like they were probably looking for evidence," said Claire.

The 9 mm Glock handgun was found in the school's landscaping a short time later and the boy was arrested.

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"The first thought is, 'What is the world coming to?'" asked Marc Savard, a parent of a sixth grader at Del Webb Middle School.

Savard says the gun scares are a frightening reality for parents and students within schools.

"The school does a good job training them, but it's also part of their life. It's just something that they do in training, which is scary to think that it's becoming the norm," said Savard.


Safety expert Adam Coughran says active shooter drills are far more common than in previous years.

He says there's usually only a couple of reasons a child or student will bring a weapon to campus.

"Maybe if they're being bullied or harassed at school," he says.

"Is that weapon being brought for protection or it's being brought for an attack? Essentially is that student bringing it in order to hurt somebody else at the school, or attack somebody else at the school? Those are the two primary reasons that we see," said Coughran.