A teenage boy brought his parents guns to school by concealing them in the trench coat that he was wearing. They noticed that he was acting strange and that set off a red flag. The boy was able to fire off a single round, only into the ceiling, before his parents arrived and disarmed him.
First of all, why is a teenage boy even wearing a trench coat to school? Second of all, how did he get their gun safe open? That is what the parents are trying to figure out.
Police are applauding a mother and father who disarmed their 15-year-old son at a Utah junior high school, after they noticed him acting strangely in the morning and realized he had taken the family’s shotgun and handgun.
The parents arrived shortly after the boy entered a classroom in the northern Utah city of Bountiful and fired one round into the ceiling, injuring no one but leaving a hole the size of a small plate, Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross said.
The boy also pointed the shotgun at his own neck, Ross said.
The boy didn’t say a word as a teacher and one of 26 students tried to talk him out of firing again, giving his parents a few extra second to arrive at the classroom and take him into the hallway, Ross said.
The chief applauded that the parents had recognized something was off and taking action, though he declined to provide specifics on what the parents noticed.
Police said the boy had walked to Mueller Park Junior High with the shotgun and two boxes of ammo under a long trenchcoat-type jacket, concealing the weapons. He did not point the shotgun at any other students.
Investigators believe the suspect took the weapons from his parents’ gun safe, but they don’t know yet how he got them out, Ross said. Police are also investigating his motive.