Prosecutor says teen brought gun to school

4 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, December 03 2014 Dec 3, 2014 Wednesday, December 03, 2014 4:53:00 AM CST December 03, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Springfield high school student has been charged with a misdemeanor after authorities say he threatened a classmate and brought a gun to school.

Greene County Assistant Prosecutor Justin Stanek says the 17-year-old boy was charged this week with unlawful use of a weapon after a Parkview High School officer found a handgun in the student's car. He says the student would have faced a felony charge if the gun had been loaded.

Authorities say the suspect wrote the words "Boom Boom" to another student on Facebook before the incident.

The suspect tells police he wanted to fight the other student and didn't intend to shoot him. He was booked into the Green County Jail and released.

The Associated Press typically doesn't identify juveniles accused of crimes.

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