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Sheriff: 14-year-old detained at Miami County school with pellet gun, knives was waiting for girl

Posted: 9:33 PM, Aug 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-07 03:51:35Z

MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. -- A 14-year-old found loitering behind Maconaquah High School with a pellet gun and two knives Monday was waiting on a female student to get out of school, according to the Miami County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies were initially called to the school after school officials discovered a suspicious person who appeared be carrying a handgun in a holster. A school maintenance worker confronted the boy and ordered him to place the weapon on the ground, to which the teen complied. 

The weapon was later determined to be a replica handgun designed to fire rubber pellets. Officers also found two knives on the 14-year-old suspect, and he was taken into custody. 

Investigators believe the teen, who is not a student at Maconaquah High School, was waiting behind the school to make contact with a female student who he knew. 

The student was detained pending a charge of carrying a weapon on school property. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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