Student brings loaded gun to Mesa High School

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MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa High School student was arrested after bringing a loaded gun to campus on Tuesday.

While in class, a 17-year-old student opened his backpack to remove a folder and another student saw a handgun inside the bag, according to Sgt. Ed Wessing with the Mesa Police Department.

The student reported the gun to the principal and the school resource officer was notified. The student was removed from the classroom and the officer seized the weapon without any incident.

The student did not display or threaten anyone with the gun, which school authorities said was loaded.

The student was referred to the juvenile authorities for one count of under age 18 carrying a firearm and carrying a weapon on school grounds.

According to Kathy Bareiss, director of community relations for Mesa Public Schools, the student faces expulsion.

Bareiss said the principal informed parents about the incident through a phone message Tuesday afternoon. Principal Jim Souder told parents that the safety of the students and staff is a priority.

"We have an excellent emergency plan in place and we followed those procedures today," the message said.

Mesa High School has 2,579 students.

This is the second report of a gun at a Valley school this week. On Monday, a 15-year-old student at Millennium High School in Goodyear took a loaded gun to school with plans to shoot a math teacher. Another student reported seeing the gun and told school officials. Police were called and the student was taken into custody.