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Teen in Raymer gun case to face trial

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An eighth grade student accused of bringing a loaded gun to Raymer Elementary will face trial next month.

The 15-year-old appeared in juvenile court Monday morning. He faces several felonies after police say a school employee found the loaded pistol in his coat pocket.

The teen is being held in the juvenile detention center until his trial begins on April 9.

School leaders say they searched the boy's coat after being tipped off.

A parent, who didn't want her face shown on TV, tells 13abc she warned the principal about the student a week ago. The Raymer parent says the boy threatened to shoot her daughter, and the daughter says it's not the first time the student brought a gun to school.

"He said that he was going to shoot her," the mother says. "Not only did he say he was going to shoot her, but he was going to shoot her brother."

The daughter says the boy even showed her the gun in gym and asked how it made her feel.

The incident was reported to the principal last week

Friday, the principal searched the 8th grader's coat and found a loaded .38 caliber gun.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant says the two incidents are connected.

"We do searches and seizures if probable cause is there," he says. "In this case, it was executed to the fullest, one doing the search, and in this case an officer was sent out to the home."

Dr. Durant says the district is not making any new changes to its security, but the district will remain vigilant.  He says they do conduct random weapons checks.

"But each child has due process, as well as rights, so we can't go out searching every child everyday," he says.

That's something only parents can do, Durant says. He is urging parents to go through their child's book bag everyday to make sure home is the first line of defense.

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