Utah 11-Year-Old: I Brought Gun to School for Protection

He is arrested and faces serious charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 18, 2012 4:50 PM CST

(Newser) – Authorities say an 11-year-old boy caught with a gun at school in Utah told administrators he brought the weapon to defend himself in case of a Connecticut-style attack. School officials say the boy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault after other students told police he pointed the handgun at them on a field at a suburban Salt Lake City elementary school. Officials say school staff confronted the boy in class after hearing he had a weapon and seized the unloaded gun and ammunition from his backpack yesterday. He was due in juvenile court. (Read more Salt Lake City stories.)

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