Teenager arrested after bringing AR-15 and ammunition to school in lunchbox

A student in Arizona was arrested after bringing an AR-15 into his high school, along with additional ammunition concealed in a lunch box.

Police in Phoenix responded to the incident on Friday, May 19 at the city’s Bostrom High School after getting a tip that a weapon was found on the school grounds.

The Phoenix Police Department (PPD) said that officers ‘acted quickly’ to detain the student just before 1.00pm. They were only identified as a 15-year-old male student at Bostrom.

‘When they arrived, officers detained a male student in the school’s main office,’ PPD said. ‘The student was found to be in possession of a semi-automatic rifle. Additional ammunition was found in the student’s backpack and lunchbox.’

It is unclear if a staff member or student first noticed the weapon and ammunition.

PPD said the incident was still under investigation. A possible motive and exactly what charges the minor is facing have not yet been released.

Phoenix Unified School District thanked police for their quick response to the frightening situation.

‘The safety and wellbeing of our staff, students, and visitors remain our top priority, and we will work with law enforcement as they continue to investigate,’ the district stated.

The United States has seen a major spike in mass shootings in 2023, including those taking place on school campuses.

In March, a shooter armed with a rifle and a handgun broke into a private Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee and fired 152 rounds, killing three adults and three students.

The incident in Phoenix happened almost one year after a gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas armed with an AR-15.

The shooter killed 19 students and two teachers at the elementary school, making it the third deadliest school shooting in US history.

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