(Michigan City, IN) - A 16-year-old Michigan City High School student is facing serious charges for allegedly bringing a gun to school earlier this week.
On Tuesday afternoon, an anonymous student reported that a classmate had brought a gun to the high school on Monday. A notice to parents was sent out via email and telephone.
Evidence collected, including a Snap Chat video, confirmed that a 16-year-old showed a gun to other students in a school bathroom. Police say the armed student was not present in the school building after Monday.
As a minor, the student has not been identified, but police say he was taken into custody Wednesday evening by two officers following a brief foot chase. The juvenile is being charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Handgun on School Property (Level 5 Felony), Pointing a Firearm (Level 6 Felony), Criminal Recklessness (Level 6 Felony) and Child in Possession of a Firearm (A- Misdemeanor).
Authorites commended the assistance of other students in bringing the matter to light. "Many students came forward to report what they knew about this incident," a statement by Michigan City Police said. "They took a stand for what is right and pointed out what should never be allowed to happen. They should be commended for the stance they took, and they should serve as a shining example to all."