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UPDATE: Teen Brought Gun to School for Protection Against Bully

A 13-year-old is in custody after bringing a handgun into Carroll Junior High School.
 (MPD says this is the book bag that carried the gun at Carroll Jr. H.S.)
(MPD says this is the book bag that carried the gun at Carroll Jr. H.S.)
UPDATE 8:20 p.m. -- A near-disaster was avoided at Carroll Jr. High School in Monroe Monday morning.

Around 9:30 a.m., a 13-year-old boy brought a handgun and fired it in the school.

"This incident took place inside a bathroom on the second-floor level of the school," Monroe Police Public Information Officer, Sgt. Mark Johnson, said.

Monroe Police believe four people were inside that bathroom, but there were no injuries.

"The child was showing the gun or was pointing the gun at somebody. During the course of this thing, it discharged straight up into the roof," Johnson said.

Police said the teen then tried taking the gun to a classroom, but didn't get far.

"The assistant principal was in the hallway. She heard it. She detained the student at that time period," Monroe City Schools Superintendent Brent Vidrine said.

After that, police said the school notified parents and shut down as authorities arrived.

"Initiated a lockdown procedure, went to their standardized emergency protocol, which worked flawlessly in this case," said Johnson. "All of the children were kept in their classrooms. All of them were kept safe at all times."

Carroll Jr. High has since reopened with no one hurt.

Police said the school has no metal detectors and while it does have a school resource officer, police said that officer was investigating another complaint at the time of the shot.

Vidrine said this example of school staff collaboration is what's needed to stop future threats.

"Our goal is to have safe schools and it takes an entire community, our teachers, our staff, our students, to give us information we need to avoid these things," he said.

Police said the boy's intent with the gun is shaky at this time.

They said he stole the gun from his grandfather's home and the boy told police he brought the gun to protect himself from a bully, but couldn't remember the bully's name when police asked him.

Police said that boy faces several charges at this time: Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, Bringing a Firearm on a School Campus and two counts of Aggravated Assault.

Those charges could land the boy up to 10 years in prison or life in juvenile detention until he's 21-years-old.

Those punishments are now up to a judge.

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UPDATE 4:15 p.m. --
Monroe Police confirmed to KTVE/KARD the 13-year-old-boy now faces two counts of Aggravated Assault after he brought a handgun into Carroll Junior High School around 9:30 Monday morning, shooting it once into the ceiling of a second-floor bathroom. No one was injured in the shot.

Police said the boy stole the handgun from his grandfather's house over the weekend, with his grandparents completely unaware of it.

Police said the boy told them he had brought the gun to try to protect himself from a bully, but when police asked him the bully's name, the boy said he couldn't remember it.

Those two Aggravated Assault charges will be added on to the Illegal Discharge of a Firearm and Bringing a Firearm to a School Campus charges the boy already faces.

Police said the firearms charges could land the boy up to 10 years in prison. Police said it's also possible the boy faces life in juvenile detention, which means he could be jailed until he's 21 years old.

However, police said those punishments will be up to a judge.

Keep it tuned to KTVE/KARD as we continue to update you on this investigation.

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UPDATE:
A 13-year-old boy is in custody after bringing a handgun into Carroll Jr. High School.

Monroe Police say a shot was fired inside a bathroom on the second floor of the junior high.

The shot was fired right into the ceiling and police said four people were believed to be in the bathroom at the time but no one was hurt.

A teacher heard the shot outside. 

Police say the student tried to bring the gun to a classroom but was arrested and the school was put on lockdown as police responded.

The school is now reopened.

Police say the teen is facing several charges, including illegal discharge of a firearm, bringing a firearm on campus and possible assault charges. 

The investigation is ongoing. 


Original Story:
Monroe -- The Monroe City School District and the Monroe Police Department are holding a joint news conference at noon to discuss an incident this morning involving a gun at a district school.

Monroe Police officials will not say what the incident was or at what school it happened, only to say the incident is over.

KTVE 10 News will have a crew at the news conference and bring you the details as soon as we get them.

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