Fresno boy, 13, arrested after bringing gun to Baird Middle School

The Fresno BeeMay 6, 2014 

A Baird Middle school student who brought an unloaded gun to school Monday has been charged with possession of a weapon on a school campus and booked in Fresno County Juvenile Hall. No one was injured in the incident.

Law enforcement officials say the 13-year-old boy, who is not being identified because he's a minor, brought a handgun in his backpack to school but didn't intend to hurt anyone.

The student reported he brought the gun, which was registered to his parents, to protect himself as he traveled to and from school, said Fresno police spokesman Sgt. Jaime Rios.

"Obviously these are incidents that are very unnerving to parents and we definitely take these incidents very seriously," Rios said. "There's no evidence to show there was any intent to harm any of the students or staff in this case."

Rios said officers responded to the northwest Fresno school at 12:48 p.m. He said the student didn't show the gun to his classmates and that he is not affiliated with any gangs.

District spokeswoman Susan Bedi said administrators immediately called police when they discovered the weapon.

"They immediately followed Fresno Unified School District safety protocols and brought the student into the office, where they discovered an unloaded handgun in the backpack," she said in a statement.

Parents were informed through the district's automated phone system, she said, and school psychologists were on campus Monday and Tuesday to support students and staff.

The district did not alert media or the general public on the day it happened. The district released information about the incident to The Bee only after a request.

Juvenile Hall officials declined to release information on whether the student is still being held.

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