Teenager sentenced after taking shotgun to school


A 15-year-old Nuneaton schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has today been sentenced to a six year youth detention order at Warwick Crown Court after he admitted to taking his father's shotgun and ammunition to school.

On the morning of 13 June, the teenager found the key to his father's weapons cabinet and took a shotgun, 200 rounds of ammunition as well as a lock knife and took the items into school with him.

The firearm and ammunition belonged to his father, who had the appropriate firearms certificate to own the weapons and cartridges.

At roughly 9:15am that morning, Warwickshire police control room received a call from the defendant himself, stating that he had taken the shotgun in to school.

Police arrived soon after and located the teenager who was sat with a teacher. The weapons and ammunition had been placed on one side of the room.

Appearing at Coventry Magistrates' Court on 14 June, the defendant pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, once count of possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life and one count of possession of a blade.

David Elliott, Senior District Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "The defendant's actions were irresponsible, and not only put himself in danger, but also put his fellow students and teachers in fear of harm.

"At a time when the country was on high alert, the teenager managed to get hold of his father's key to a cabinet where his guns were kept, armed himself with a loaded shotgun and a knife and walked into his school.

"Thankfully, he contacted the police and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the police control operator and the schoolteacher both of whom managed to calm the situation down until the police arrived and dealt with the situation."