Gun confiscated in Van Buren Elementary discharge in Stockton.
STOCKTON, CA - School cops in Stockton said it was shocking a gun was fired Monday in a classroom, but it's hardly the district's first experience with a firearm.
Three times in the last 20 days, officers from Stockton Unified School District's police squad have seized weapons.
One came from a high school campus, one from a drunk driver near a school, and the most recent from Van Buren Elementary School on Monday.
"These are not defensive weapons," school district police Chief Jim West said. "They're not designed to stop someone from hurting you; they're designed to hurt someone else."
West still doesn't know why a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun was brought to a 7th grade classroom Monday, but he said it's not generally true when kids say they have weapons for self defense.
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The two boys were arrested. The initial story had the gun firing when one of the students handed the gun to the other.
Guns aren't the only problem for school police these days. West said his staff is busy with late night burglaries as well.
"We arrested one kid who was burglarizing his high school a few months ago. He said the nickname they have for their school is 'quick cash'. You go in and steal computers and projectors--things they can quickly sell," said West.
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