Bethel Park teen charged with having gun on school bus

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A Bethel Park High School student has been charged with having a loaded gun on the bus ride home Wednesday.

The 17-year-old student, whose name police would not release, was charged Thursday as a juvenile with gun violations and related crimes and is being held at the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center, Bethel Park police Chief John Mackey said.

He is accused of showing the .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun to at least one student on the bus ride home from the district's alternative education program on Tuesday. That student then told school officials, who contacted police.

"He didn't brandish the weapon or threaten anybody with it," the chief said.

The student told police he found the gun, which Chief Mackey said was reported stolen in Peters and had one round inside. Police found it at the student's home after his parents agreed to a search.

District spokeswoman Vicki Flotta said the 17-year-old is no longer a student in the district.


Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com.


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