13-year-old charged with carrying concealed weapons
A 13-year-old boy who brought a window punch, rope and a bullet to Canfield Village Middle School is suspended from school, and charged in juvenile court.
The boy, of Canfield, was charged Monday with carrying concealed weapons, a misdemeanor, and possession of a deadly weapon on school property, a felony.
A second 13-year-old, also of Canfield, was charged Monday in juvenile court with disorderly conduct for bringing the window punch to school and giving it to the first boy. A window punch is a sharp metal tool used often by fire, police and emergency medical crews to break windows.
The incident occurred March 30 at the school during a seventh-grade gym class outdoors. A physical education teacher told police that he observed the boy crossing the playground toward a group of three other male classmates. He said the boy was wearing a backpack, which seemed suspicious as he’d never seen the boy wearing a backpack prior to that day.
The teacher asked the boy to put the backpack inside the gym.
The teacher then asked nearby students what was happening, and they said the boy had something in his hand as he walked toward the group. The window punch was located near where the boy was confronted by the teacher.
School officials then searched the boy’s backpack and found a nylon cord and a .40 caliber bullet, according to a police report. No gun was found on the boy or hidden anywhere in the school.
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