Police: Rochester Teen had Gun with Ammunition and Pot on Bus

Updated: 04/21/2014 5:42 PM
Created: 04/21/2014 10:22 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A Rochester teenager was arrested after police say he brought a 22-caliber handgun to school. It happened Friday morning at the Alternative Learning Center in South Rochester.    

Not only did the 14-year-old have a handgun at school, he also had a box of ammunition to go with it, as well as a small amount of marijuana. 

A school bus driver got word from some other students that the 14-year-old might have been smoking marijuana on the bus. The bus driver alerted school officials. Then the school principal called the boy into his office, called the boy's parents, and then called police. 

Before police even got there, the parents had searched their son's backpack, and found the drugs, gun, and ammunition. 

Police still aren't sure of a motive for him bringing that to school. 

"Any time you're in possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds, it's a felony offense, no matter if it's a student or an adult, or other. So you have that offense, but it's really especially concerning in this case we do not know the student's motive. To our knowledge, there were no overt threats or any type of hostility displayed toward any of the school staff, or other students. However, again we don't really know the student's true motive for having a gun at school," said Captain John Sherwin with the Rochester Police Department. 

The student was arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center. Police aren't sure where the boy got that gun. His parents say they don't own any firearms.

We reached out to the Rochester Public School District, to see how they handle these kinds of situations. They said the would not do an interview with us, because of privacy reasons. 

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