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Teenager brings guns to school, but his parents disarm him

Teenager brings guns to school, but his parents disarm him

Officials respond to Mueller Park Junior High in Bountiful, Utah, after a student fired a gun into the ceiling on Thursday.

A Utah teenager who took his family's guns to school was disarmed by his parents who chased after him after realising the weapons were missing from their home. At least one parent said his son was nervous, but he felt a sense of reassurance because of the police response.

What could have ended in tragedy when a student brought two guns into a Utah school Thursday morning was averted thanks to the teen's parents who realized something wasn't quite right and acted on their instincts. Ross said the parents were about two classrooms away when the shot was sacked.

Police were called at about 8:13 a.m., and a patrol officer responded to the school, arriving 41 seconds after the call was broadcast.

Police said the boy walked to Mueller Park Junior High with the shotgun and two boxes of ammunition under a long trenchcoat-type jacket, concealing the weapons. He did not have details about the parents' specific concerns about their son, why the student brought the weapons to the school or what he intended.

Authorities are not releasing the teen's name because he is a juvenile.

The incident came two weeks after another Utah pupil stabbed five high school classmates and himself before he was cornered by school workers, according to police. His mother grabbed the gun out of his hand and his father pulled him out of the room and into a hallway, police said. They noticed two guns were gone and headed off to the junior high campus.

Student Dan Fowers said Thursday he was in the classroom at Mueller Park Junior High in Bountiful when the student burst in shortly after class started.

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"He looked angry when he came in, like just kind of an angry face, and he just shot at the ceiling without an explanation".

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A teacher called 911 and calmly told a dispatcher there was a boy with a gun at the school whose parents had subdued him and no one was hurt, according to a recording of the call.

Smith said the suspect walked through the door and stood motionless and angrily for a moment, while a fellow student said, "You don't want to do this".

"I was expecting much worse than what happened", he said.

The Salt Lake City-area school remained on lock-down as over 100 officers searched through each of the classrooms in order to ensure there were no other threats. The school educates about 840 students in seventh through ninth grades and is in a predominantly Mormon community.

Bountiful City police said Thursday that the investigation is ongoing, as they try to determine the suspect's motive and intent.

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