DETROIT (FOX 2) - A 15-year-old student at a Detroit high school has been charged with possession of a weapon on school property after video emerged showing him pulling out a firearm and pointing it at another student.
The juvenile allegedly brought a BB gun to Marygrove High School on Tuesday, May 24 and was arrested on Wednesday. The individual is expected to appear before a judge Thursday afternoon.
The preliminary hearing will occur in Juvenile Court. The incident occurred the same day an 18-year-old killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school.
"We are all hypersensitive right now about deadly weapons being brought into schools and the carnage that can occur as a result," Prosecutor Kym Worthy said. "The alleged actions of this respondent simply cannot be tolerated. We are alleging that this weapon was displayed and later discovered to be a BB Gun. This does not diminish the severity of this respondent’s actions."
On Thursday students staged a protest walking out of school, in response to the incident. A list of proposed changes were mentioned that the teens said would make the school safer, they said.
A large contingent marched on the campus grounds chanting "We are not safe," with some carrying signs.
Video of the incident surfaced Tuesday, showing the defendant pointing a gun at another person, who then proceeds to get up and walk away.
The Detroit schools superintendent said the district started an investigation "immediately" and random searches were conducted throughout the day. More officers were also added to the school.
The full DPSCD Statement is below:
The District and leadership of The School at Marygrove (TSM) recognize the right to participate in a democratic process and value the voices of our students, staff, and families.
Students participated in a walkout earlier today as a call to action for solutions to improve the safety of their school. The principal met with staff yesterday and will meet with students today to learn more about how they are feeling and to hear their suggestions. A parent meeting is scheduled tomorrow to hear the concerns of Marygrove families and to discuss sustainable solutions.
Out of an abundance of caution, additional security is visible on campus this week and additional counselors will be at The School at Marygrove to speak with students and staff who may require more support.
We believe the voices of our communities are valid and we will continue to work collaboratively toward solutions to improve school safety.