Bethany Middle School teen found with gun at school

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BETHANY, Okla. - Bethany school leaders are not used to finding guns on school property.

But, when a teacher was tipped off by students that another student may have brought a firearm to school, the Bethany Middle School principal acted quickly.

The principal searched the 14-year-old student's backpack and found a weapon.

"It was determined that there was a loaded gun in the backpack. The principal acted very swiftly, subdued the student, and the police were notified," said Bethany Schools Superintendent Kent Shellenberger.

The student was arrested.

Bethany Deputy Police Chief J.D. Reed said the teen's parents have so far refused to cooperate with investigators.

School officials said they don't know what the student's motivation may have been.

An electronic message was immediately sent out to parents notifying them of the situation.

"We can't confirm why he brought that on campus. We don't have an indication that he was going to hurt another student," Shellenberger said.

The student could be charged for possession of a loaded firearm on school property, a potential felony.

For now, the student remains in custody at a juvenile detention center.

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