Girl has second hearing in gun incident Monday
YOUNGSTOWN – The 11-year-old girl accused of bringing a loaded handgun onto a Youngstown school bus Monday is being detained in the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center while she awaits her second hearing in Mahoning County Juvenile Court.
During her first hearing, she pleaded not guilty to four felony charges and a mental health assessment was ordered for her. Her next hearing will be at 2 p.m. Monday. She is charged with two counts of illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone and single counts of carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.
Youngstown police were called to West Wood Street and Wick Avenue near Youngstown State University at 2:37 p.m. after the bus driver reported the incident to police and took possession of the gun from the girl.
The girl was on a city school bus taking students home from St. Joseph the Provider School on Turin Avenue on the North Side, a school within the Youngstown Diocese. The driver told police another student approached him and said the girl had a gun in her bag. The driver said he asked the girl about it, and she admitted it was in her bag.