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Harvard Junior High School student subject of police investigation

Student brought pellet gun, alcohol, knife to school, officials say

HARVARD – A Harvard School District 50 student was charged with aggravated assault after he brought a knife and alcohol to school, officials said.

The Harvard Police Department began an investigation Friday after Harvard Junior High School administration became aware of concerns about prohibited items on campus.

Police searched the 12-year-old boy and his home, Harvard police said.

The student was in possession of a folding knife and a small bottle of alcohol Friday, and he admitted to bringing a pellet gun to school the previous day. Police confiscated the gun during their search of his home, District 50 Superintendent Corey Tafoya said.

The school was not placed on lockdown because there wasn’t a direct threat to safety, and there weren’t any unsecured weapons, Tafoya said.

“The safety of our students is the most important part of our day,” he said. “We followed our safety protocols and worked collaboratively with local police to determine the proper course of actions.”

The boy has been charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault because he displayed the knife to another student. There was no verbalized threat, Harvard Police Chief Mark Krause said.

The boy also was cited for unlawful possession of alcohol and possession of a weapon, and he remained with his guardians, police said.

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