Garden Grove, California student, 13, held after police say he brought a gun to school

CLAUDIA KOERNER / STAFF WRITER
Published: April 23, 2014 Updated: 2:24 p.m.

GARDEN GROVE – A 13-year-old boy was booked into Juvenile Hall after police said he brought a handgun to school on Monday. Officers responded to a classroom at Jordan Intermediate School around 9:40 a.m. Monday after a report that a student had a loaded gun in his backpack, said Lt. Ben Stauffer of the Garden Grove Police Department. Police searched the boy’s backpack and found a Colt Mark IV .38-caliber handgun, Stauffer said, and a loaded magazine was found in his front pants pocket. Investigation is continuing to determine why the boy brought the gun to school, he said.

The gun was registered to a family member of the student’s, and officers went on to search their home, Stauffer said. At the home, police found a .22-caliber Ruger rifle that was not properly registered. The rifle, which the family member claimed, was seized. The student was taken into custody without incident on suspicion of weapons violations, Stauffer said. The student’s relative was cited and released on suspicion of a misdemeanor gun registration violation related to the rifle. Officials of the Garden Grove Unified School District notified parents at the school Monday evening about the incident. “The situation was handled very quickly,” public information officer Amy Stevens said. “The students are safe, and classes are continuing as scheduled.