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Hamilton student charged with bringing gun to school to remain in custody

The 16-year-old boy appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court on Wednesday on charges of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon at school and receiving stolen property, both fourth-degree felonies.

The student brought a loaded .25-caliber handgun to a city school on Dec. 19, and the weapon had been stolen from a residence in November, according to Hamilton Police.

Visiting Judge Thomas Lipps ordered the teen to stay housed in the county juvenile detention center until his pre-trial hearing on Jan.3o.

According to a letter sent to parents and guardians of the school’s students, school officials “immediately put the student in the custody of our (Hamilton Police) School Resource Officer (SRO) and standard safety procedures were conducted that resulted in the removal of the weapon and student from the building within minutes of the discovery.”

After that, police and school officials determined “there was no other viable threat present and no lockdown was deemed necessary,” according to the letter, signed by Nancy Hulshuit, the school’s principal. “The school resumed on our regular schedule.”