2 Manual High students charged with bringing gun to school after handgun found in backpack

DENVER - Denver Police arrested two students who allegedly brought a gun into Manual High School on Wednesday, prompting a campus lockdown.

The incident began at around 8 a.m. when a teenage boy approached another to provoke a fight on the 2900 block of N. Williams Street near the high school, according to an affidavit released by the Denver Police Department.

In the affidavit officers say the suspect pulled out a black handgun, pointed it at the victim's chest, and stated, "I'll kill you."

The victim told officers he feared for his life, and left the scene to contact police.

Officers said the victim gave them a description of what the suspect was wearing and that the gun-toting teen was a student at Manual High School.

School officials were then contacted and the high school was placed on lockdown.

An officer entered the school with school leaders, found a teen in a classroom who matched the description from the victim, and asked him to step into a hallway to be searched.

According to the affidavit, no weapon was found on the suspect, but the teen admitted to the officer that he was involved in an altercation with another boy that morning before school, at the same location given to the officer by the victim.

The suspect told the officer he and the student, "have beef with each other and I wanted to fight him, so I called his punk a** out."

The teen was then placed in handcuffs as officials searched the classroom for the gun.

Authorities said the Manual High School dean of students then found a handgun inside of a backpack belonging to a second student.

The affidavit states that the student with the backpack was asked about the events and told the officer that the suspect asked him to hold the gun, and he had agreed. The suspect then allegedly placed the gun inside of the backpack, which was hung on the back of a desk chair.

7NEWS checked and none of the Denver public schools have metal detectors.

In an email, spokesperson Mike Vaughn said, "We do have a strong security presence at our high schools for arrival time, and we control entrances to the buildings at all of our schools with cameras/buzzers/security person...We’re always reviewing safety/security procedures, and it’s obviously very disturbing when there’s an incident of weapon being inside a school. That happens on very rare occasions in our schools."

Police said the student with the backpack was arrested on a charge of possessing a weapon on school grounds.

The suspect involved in the alleged altercation was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and felony menacing.

According to Denver Public Schools policy, a student who brings a weapon onto school property is to be given a 3 to 10 out-of-school suspension and, as required by state law, there will be a recommendation for expulsion.

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