Warrant issued for no-show student charged with bringing gun to school

Josh Pennell Josh.pennell@thetelegram.com
Published on July 23, 2014
As Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Const. Dee Edison and his police service dog Arek and street patrol officer Const. Robbie Brown (right) look on, RNC forensics identification section officer Const. Patricia Stanley (left) carries evidence  located in St. John’s on June 17. — File photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Police are searching for a 16-year-old male charged in connection with a weapon being brought to a school.

On June 17, the RNC were called to Booth Memorial High School in

St. John's, when they got a call about a student carrying a possible gun. The vice-principal of the school had been notified by another student that a male youth at Booth had a possible weapon.

At 11 a.m. that morning, a K-9 unit found the male near the school and  was taken into custody. A second K-9 unit found the weapon — a handheld pellet gun — in some bushes at the edge of the Salvation Army building located adjacent to Booth.

RNC Const. Steve Curnew described the pellet gun as a replica handgun. There were no injuries during the incident.

On Tuesday, the youth was supposed to make his first court appearance on the matter, but failed to show up at court.

A warrant was issued for his arrest.

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com