Student charged with bringing gun to school

By: Brian Louwers, Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published April 18, 2014

WARREN — A 15-year-old student at Warren Woods Tower High School has been charged with three crimes, including carrying a concealed weapon, after school officials allegedly found a handgun in his backpack during the afternoon April 17.

According to Warren Police Detective Greg Booton, an assistant principal at the high school found a .22-caliber pistol in the student’s backpack as he was looking for suspected marijuana. Booton said a teacher had notified administrators after smelling marijuana and that the student reportedly had “put on cologne to mask the smell.”

“The assistant principal escorted him to the office and went through the backpack,” Booton said.

The assistant principal reportedly questioned the student about a possible gun after he found six live rounds of .22-caliber ammunition.

“He located a .22-caliber pistol wrapped up in a bandana in the backpack,” Booton said.

The school resource officer reportedly took the student into custody after the weapon and ammunition were found. Booton said three small bags of marijuana were found when the student was searched prior to his detainment at the Warren Police Department.

The student, who was not named due to his age, went before a juvenile court referee in Mount Clemens April 18. The hearing was held in Macomb County Circuit Court because of the Good Friday holiday. The student was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a five-year felony, and misdemeanor counts of narcotics possession and possession of a weapon in a school zone.

He remained held in juvenile detention at press time on a $50,000 bond set at the hearing.

The student was next scheduled to be back in juvenile court on April 24.

A letter from Superintendent Stacey Denewith-Fici, posted on the Warren Woods Public Schools website, stated, “At no time was the unloaded weapon used by this student or were other students threatened or endangered with it. The presence of this item is a serious violation of our code of conduct and a criminal offense.”

The WWPS administrative offices and school buildings were closed Friday, April 18 and attempts to get further comment on the incident were unsuccessful.