Student arrested with gun, extra ammo at football game

By Ryan Ottney

October 12, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

GREENUP, Ky. — A 15-year-old Greenup County, Ky., High School student was arrested at the school’s homecoming football game Friday evening with a loaded handgun and extra ammunition.

According to the Greenup County (Ky.) Sheriff Keith Cooper, his office assisted Greenup County High School officials in the apprehension of a 15-year-old juvenile student who reportedly brought a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun to the school’s campus during a high school homecoming football game Friday evening. The juvenile was immediately taken into custody without further incident at about 5 p.m. He was found to be in possession of an extra, fully-loaded magazine and a box of extra ammunition.

The investigation revealed that the juvenile was reportedly brandishing the firearm to other students, who in turn notified school officials. The school immediately contacted law enforcement who were present at the game.

“We are only in the preliminary stages of this investigation, but feel this was an isolated incident involving only the suspect juvenile,” Sheriff Cooper said.

Deputy John Hensley was the arresting officer, and he told the Daily Times that the juvenile’s intentions were not known at this time. The juvenile was not identified, and was taken into custody and lodged in the Boyd County, Ky., Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Cooper commended the quick actions of the Greenup County High School, and the students who alerted them.

“Conduct of this nature will not be tolerated in or around our schools,” Cooper said.

He said that any student who might have information regarding this incident is asked to report it to school faculty or to the Greenup County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer.

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