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Police: Teen Charged After Bringing Handgun To Butler Middle School

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BUTLER (KDKA) -- A Butler teenager is facing charges after bringing a gun to middle school Thursday.

It was just after 9 a.m. when the discovery was made -- a gun in the backpack of a 13-year-old boy at Butler Middle School during a normal morning screening.

The teen says he had switched from his normal backpack to his father's backpack and did not know the handgun was inside.

Debby Manny says there should still some accountability here.

"Still, the parents should be checking their backpack before they leave. Why would they have guns in backpacks?" she said.

In the meantime, Butler City Police determined the juvenile had no intention of using or displaying the weapon in school, however, he was still charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a gun by a minor and possession of a weapon on school property.

A statement from the Butler School District reads in part:

"We have a strict no weapon policy on school grounds. The police have been notified and working through the situation. The school district will also pursue disciplinary action consistent with our student code of conduct. At this time, both the weapon and the student had been removed from school grounds."

Farther south in the South Butler School District, parents are being told to go through their children's bags and pockets before they step foot on school property after two incidents there earlier this week.

One student had a vaping device in her purse and a small Swiss Army knife. Another student had two live ammunition rounds. Both were displaced by the district.

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