Christiana High student caught with firearm on school grounds police say

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After having an odor of marijuana on him, the student was escorted to the school’s office where officials located the marijuana and a firearm.

NEWARK (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: The Delaware State Police say they have arrested a 16-year-old Bear-area student, on multiple weapons and drug charges, after he was caught in possession of a firearm and drugs while in school.

Police say the incident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m., Monday, March 29, 2021, at the  Christiana High School, located at 190 Salem Church Rd., Newark.

According to police, a juvenile suspect was removed from the classroom for having an odor of marijuana and escorted to the school’s office. At the office, school administrators recovered suspected marijuana on the student.

“After locating suspected marijuana, school administrators performed a search of the juvenile’s backpack and located a loaded handgun.,” Said police spokesman Jason Hatchell. “The School Resource Officer was immediately notified and took possession of the weapon and approximately 4 grams of marijuana.”

“The School Resource Officer conducted a computer inquiry on the weapon and discovered it was stolen and took the juvenile into custody without incident.,” Hatchell added.

The student was transported to Troop 2 and charged with Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony), Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Juvenile (Felony), Possession of a Weapon and Controlled Substance by a Prohibited Juvenile (Felony), Receiving a Stolen Firearm (Felony), Possession of a Weapon in a Safe School Zone (Felony), Possession of Marijuana (civil), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (civil).

The teen was arraigned in Family Court and committed to the New Castle County Detention Center on $51,000.00 secured bail.

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