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Utah kid busted with gun at grade school

Dec. 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM   |   Comments

GRANITE, Utah, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- School officials in Utah said a sixth grader was turned over to police after classmates reported he had brought a gun to class.

The 11-year-old youngster told Granite School District officials he stashed the .22-caliber pistol in his backpack to protect himself from an attack similar to the shooting spree in New England last week that killed 20 school children.

"He has alluded in his defense that he brought it as a way to defend himself and his friends if there was a Connecticut-style incident at the school," district spokesman Ben Horsley told the Salt Lake Tribune.

Horsley said it was not clear whether or not the gun was loaded, although the boy had ammunition in his possession.

The student could face charges of possessing a weapon on school property and could face additional hot water if it turns out he brandished the gun in front of others as some students claimed.

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