3 Boys in Custody Over Guns at Middle School

Denver police say they had some kind of smoke device, too
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 11, 2015 12:30 PM CDT
3 Boys in Custody Over Guns at Middle School
Cynthia and Sal Gonzales escort daughter Rita away from Skinner Middle School in Denver Friday.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Three boys are in custody over a scare at a middle school in Denver. Police haven't divulged many details surrounding yesterday's arrests, other than a few alarming facts: The boys had two guns and a smoke bomb of some kind, reports 9 News. Authorities say the arrests were made after fellow students learned of the guns and alerted the principal, a lesson that's been drummed into them following school shootings around the nation, including two in Colorado: Columbine and another in Arapahoe in 2013.

"Our students are to be commended for seeing something and saying something right away," says Denver police commander Paul Pazen. "These types of tragedies are averted by students that have been taught, reinforced, and shared that if you see something, you let the staff know." The school went into lockdown for about an hour as police searched the premises. It's not clear where the guns and smoke device were when confiscated. The Denver Post talks to an 11-year-old boy who says one friend and his brother brought the guns, while another friend brought the smoke bomb. "I asked them what they were going to do with it, but they (didn't) want to tell me." (Read more Denver stories.)

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