Junior high school student in Gilbert brings BB gun to school

It happened at Mesquite Junior High School on Monday.
It happened at Mesquite Junior High School on Monday.(MGN)
Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 12:02 PM MST
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GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A middle school student in Gilbert is in serious trouble after bringing a BB gun to school on Monday. Gilbert police said they responded to a report that a student had a weapon on school grounds at Mesquite Junior High School. Officer investigated and submitted charges of disorderly conduct to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. It’ll be up to prosecutors whether they pursue a criminal case against the student. School officials said no students or staff were in any danger. “Gilbert Public Schools takes incidents such as this extremely seriously. The safety of our students and staff is always a top priority,” the district said in a statement.

The following letter was sent to parents following the incident:

August 29, 2022

Dear Mesquite Junior High Families,

It is important to us to keep our parents and families as informed as possible regarding any incidents involving our campus and students.

Today, reports were received of a student on campus who had brought a BB gun to school. The Mesquite Junior High Administration acted immediately and at no time were students or employees in any danger. Gilbert Police Department was informed immediately and the investigation is ongoing.

Providing a safe and secure learning environment is a top priority for Gilbert Public Schools, and Mesquite Junior High School. Please be assured we take incidents like this very seriously. Thank you for your continued support of our students and our school.


Kari Ramirez, Principal at Mesquite Junior High School

This happened just days after a student brought a gun onto a Queen Creek elementary school campus.