Student with gun arrested at Union High School

Grand Rapids police at Union High School after a student brought a gun to school. (Feb. 28, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Security guards were told to be on the lookout for the student who showed up at Union High School Friday morning with a gun, Grand Rapids Public Schools officials said.

Larry Johnson, GRPS’ assistant superintendent, had alerted the security staff after learning that the 15-year-old student, whose name has not been released, flashed a gun last weekend at a party.

Security guards had been waiting for the teen to show up at school so that they could confront him, Johnson said. But the teen had skipped school every day since Feb. 20, and Friday was the first time he showed up on campus.

Authorities investigate an incident at Union High School in Grand Rapids in which a student was arrested after possessing a gun in the building. (Feb. 28, 2014)

When the guards spotted the teen around 10:30 a.m., they told him to go to the office, Johnson said. But he refused, and got into a scuffle with staff, and the gun, which police later learned was not loaded, fell off his person.

As soon as the gun was revealed, school staff contacted the Grand Rapids Police Department, and the school was placed in a Code Red Lockdown mode as a precautionary measure.

GRPD officers arrived at the high school, which is located at 1800 Tremont Boulevard NW, and took the teen into custody.

The lockdown was lifted about an hour later. None of the 1,100 students were injured.

The teen, who is currently lodged at the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center, does not have a criminal record.

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