Handgun discovered at Cottonwood Middle School

COTTONWOOD – On Oct. 19, an altercation at Cottonwood Middle School occurred between two students led to the discovery of an unloaded firearm on campus, as well as juvenile charges against the two minors.

According to Commander Jody Makuch of the Cottonwood Police Department, one student brought a 9mm handgun and nine rounds to school because “he was being threatened by another student.”

“Because of what he had seen the other student do to other people,” Makuch further explained. “Then he saw that it was a mistake, and did what he could to have the gun not be discovered.”

In a letter sent to Cottonwood Middle School parents, Principal Matt Schumacher stated that “at no time was the firearm displayed on campus or students placed in harm’s way.

According to Makuch, the child who brought the firearm to school then unloaded the weapon and wrapped it up in clothing and placed it in his backpack.

Makuch also said that the gun was subsequently found “by another student who grabbed the wrong backpack.”

According to Makuch, Cottonwood Police charged one child with juvenile possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds, and charged a second child with juvenile assault, as well as threatening and intimidating.


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