SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 12-year-old student was taken into custody after bringing an unloaded rifle onto school grounds and getting into a confrontation with the principal Friday, police said.
The .22-caliber rifle was unloaded and inoperable because it was missing its loading bolt, police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt said.
She said the boy had put the gun in the back of his grandmother’s car, apparently without her knowledge, and left the weapon in the car when they got to Aspen Community Magnet School in the morning.
However, the boy immediately had a confrontation with the principal and at one point pushed the principal, Westervelt said.
The boy then ran back to the car, and reached into it for the gun, but he didn’t get it out before he was detained, the police spokeswoman said.
“The principal was able to deescalate the situation and prevent the boy from obtaining the gun,” Westervelt said. “The gun was never pointed at anyone and never left the car.”
Police officers summoned from patrol in the area quickly responded and took the boy into custody on suspicion of battery on school personnel and having a gun on school grounds, Westervelt said. “He does have a record with Santa Fe Police.”
The boy will undergo a psychological evaluation.
The school was ordered to shelter in place, but the order was lifted later Friday morning.