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A middle-schooler’s bag smelled like pot. They check his brother, find drugs, gun, knife

A 15-year-old boy had a gun in one pocket, a knife in another and marijuana in his backpack when he was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Bethel High School, according to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s report.
A 15-year-old boy had a gun in one pocket, a knife in another and marijuana in his backpack when he was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Bethel High School, according to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s report. Twitter

A 15-year-old boy had a gun in one pocket, a knife in another and 11 grams of marijuana in his backpack when he was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Bethel High School, according to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department report.

Deputies learned of the boy from his 13-year-old brother, who was arrested earlier in the afternoon at Cougar Mountain Middle School for having marijuana in his backpack.

When a deputy confronted the younger child, the boy said he believed his brother placed it there, adding that his brother smokes marijuana “all the time,” according to the report.

Bethel High administrators removed the older boy from class. The boy refused to let school officials search him or his pack. School officials could not contact his parents. While he was held, another student warned a school staff member that the boy frequently carried a gun and had showed it to others, the report states.

The concerned staff member contacted the school resource deputy. The deputy evacuated school staff from the room and asked the student to keep his hands in his lap. According to the report, when the deputy asked to search the student, the boy’s “face turned red, he began to sweat, and he slowly shook his head from side to side indicating no.”

The boy didn’t answer when first asked if he had a weapon. The deputy told the student he was going to pat him down and asked again if he had a weapon. This time the student nodded yes, the report states.

The deputy handcuffed the student. In the shorts the boy was wearing under sweatpants, he had an unloaded semiautomatic handgun in one pocket and a folding knife and $13 in another pocket, according to the report. In his backpack, deputies said they found a digital scale, baggies, 11 grams of marijuana, a grinder containing marijuana residue, and $105. They found no ammunition.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of 2nd degree unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Remann Hall.

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