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LR student with gun at school arrested

By David Harten

This article was published February 25, 2013 at 3:37 p.m.

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A Little Rock student was arrested Monday morning after authorities discovered he was in possession of a handgun at school.

A Little Rock police report states that officers were called to Hall High School about 10:05 a.m. by school security. According to the report, a school security officer performing a random classroom scan searched the 16-year-old student, whose name was withheld, and found a handgun hidden on him.

Students were asked to clear the classroom as a result.

Although the 9mm handgun wasn't loaded, the report states an ammunition clip was found in the student's gym shorts, which he was wearing under his jeans. The student was taken into custody without incident.

The gun was taken by authorities and stored as evidence. The student was taken to the juvenile detective division for questioning and charged with possession of a handgun on school grounds.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... February 25, 2013 at 5:41 p.m.

I went to Hall. It was a nice school back then. I wonder why?

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LevyRat says... February 25, 2013 at 7:49 p.m.

Thugs ............. they need to start scanning everyone and doing random drug tests.

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Populist says... February 25, 2013 at 8:31 p.m.

They need to start taking children away from their drug addict parents. Truancy, child neglect, child abuse, and drug abuse just seem to be ignored in Little Rock. It has become a breeding ground for crime. By the time the kids are in high school, it usually is too late to save them. Children of unfit parents need to be taken away ASAP. When they are young and not too damaged, they usually can find placement. When they are older, they are better off in an orphanage.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... February 26, 2013 at 8:10 a.m.

@ Populist, Great, take them out of drug abusing families and put them in drug using foster mills that are all over the state. You are so kind.

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tomezell04240836 says... February 26, 2013 at 8:25 a.m.

The kid should have waited a couple weeks, and the Legislature will likely have made it legal, if not required, to be packing heat there...

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Populist says... February 26, 2013 at 8:49 a.m.


There are not enough decent foster homes to take care of all the needy children. We need more state funding for therapeutic group homes. I know the Methodists have them in Little Rock and across the state. The Catholics used to have St. Joseph's orphanage. I don't know if the Catholics have group homes and whether the Baptists and others have them in Little Rock and elsewhere. I am not a social worker though I have done volunteer work for at-risk youth. It is not always to find an appropriate place for the children. I googled one of the suspects in one of the crimes described in the Gazette the other day. Apparently, he was named after his father who was serving time for dealing coke. I wondered how that kid's life could have been different if he had been placed in a better situation at a young age. Unfortunately, I fear that racism and apathy are too common in Little Rock, and that drug trafficking, child neglect, and truancy are just ignored. People want to blame all the problems on black culture, when much of the blame can be caused by poor social services and bad schools. Our not too distant forefathers failed to adequately fund schools in black areas, and it appears the current generation wants to underfund social services and schools and just send their kids to private schools. Even if you want to send your kids to private schools, you should still want good services and good schools for the good of the community. Too many wealthy white people live in gated communities and send their kids to private schools. Too many well educated blacks simply flee the state to live in a more progressive (less racist) area of the country. Life could be better in Little Rock if social services and the schools are improved.

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LR1955 says... February 26, 2013 at 10:33 a.m.

BIRTH CONTROL is the answer !

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rainbowharold55 says... February 26, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.

The solution is to arm all the students. Just ask the Ledge or the NRA.

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Packman says... February 26, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.

Hey Populist - The only real solution is to vote Republican. Demorat social policies forced upon society by political correctness for several decades have created a government dependent demographic/culture that now manifests itself in a life of crime, poverty, and lack of concern for the attainment of a quality education. You can harp all you want about the need for more education, more social programs, or more of whatever government social engineering makes you feel better, but it's all a lot of hot air until we begin to elect policy makers who promote self-reliance and personal accountability over government assistance.

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