Boy, 16, arrested after loaded handgun found in backpack at Holt High School

DELHI TWP. — A 16-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday after a loaded handgun was found in his backpack at school, police said.

The incident happened about 1:45 p.m. at Holt Senior high school, the Ingham County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Administrators told the school resource officer they took the backpack from the boy and found a gun inside it.

Sheriff's deputies responded and took the boy to the Ingham County Youth Center. Officials said information about the incident would be forwarded to prosecutors.

Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth said an alert school security team member saw some students interacting and noticed behavior "that didn't seem right." The boy admitted he had a gun in his backpack, he said.

Wriggelsworth lauded the school security team for "astute and decisive actions."

In a letter to district parents, Holt Public Schools Superintendent David Hornak said school staff received a report of a gun, "went into a security hold" and started an investigation in cooperation with police.

"The handgun was quickly located and confiscated," the letter said. "No one was hurt, and the responsible student was taken into custody. We truly appreciate the quick response by the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office."

Hornak asked that parents remind their children that threatening behavior or bringing a weapon to school can result in "serious consequences," including expulsion and criminal penalties. It's important that students immediately report threatening behavior on school grounds, on social media or elsewhere, he said.

"I want to make sure our students feel comfortable reporting any potential threats to a trusted adult," the letter said.

Anyone can make a confidential tip at any time through the OK2SAY student safety program, he said. Tips can be submitted by calling 855-565-2729, texting 652729 (OK2SAY) or emailing OK2SAY@mi.gov.

Contact Ken Palmer at kpalmer@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @KBPalm_lsj.

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