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PCSD: Sixth grader arrested in gun-related incident at DeGrazia Elementary

TUCSON – Pima County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a gun-related incident that occurred Tuesday at a Marana Unified School District elementary school.

According to PCSD, the department received a report that a sixth-grader was in possession of a gun Tuesday afternoon at DeGrazia Elementary School. Officials say the child was located at his home that afternoon.

Degrazia Elementary School/ MUSD

A 12-year-old sixth-grader was arrested on juvenile charges in connection to the incident. He was charged for three counts of aggravated assault, 3 counts of kidnapping, two counts theft of a firearm, one count of misconduct involving a weapon and one count of interfering with an educational insituation.

A shelter was put in place at the school, located at 5051 W. Overton Rd. near Hartman Lane, for 15 minutes, authorities say.

In January, a student was arrested in connection to a separate shooting threat at the elementary school.

Statement from district spokesperson, Tamara Crawley:

As part of the Marana Unified School District’s commitment to keep the media and community informed of issues related to any MUSD school, please be advised of the following information:

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, DeGrazia Elementary School administration contacted 911 and activated their Shelter In Place emergency procedure in response to an incident where a student reportedly threatened three other students at school with a firearm. The student was then seen leaving the campus. Following our standard safety protocol, school Administration immediately contacted 911 and activated their emergency response procedure. Students and staff remained safely in their classroom and no student was injured.

Within minutes, the quick and thorough response by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department led to the student being apprehended off campus, and the school was released from their emergency response.

The Shelter In Place, as directed by Pima County Sheriff’s Department, lasted approximately five minutes and the school day continued on a normal schedule.

Law Enforcement agencies and the Marana Unified School District take safety concerns and threats very seriously. Threats and threatening behavior result in serious consequences aligned with the District discipline matrix and Arizona Criminal Law.

This morning we learned that the active criminal investigation has led to the arrest of this student.

In order to abide by all required laws and ensure the rights of all involved, the Marana Unified School District is unable to share more specific information about the incident which could compromise or negatively impact the criminal case or violate strict privacy laws. We can, however, communicate that the arrested student is no longer enrolled in the Marana district.

The day of the incident parents of students directly involved were contacted and all DeGrazia parents were informed of the activation of the school’s emergency response, as directed by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Communication to DeGrazia parents from the school principal is attached to this email communication.

Communication to MUSD parents from the Superintendent is attached to this email.

The District is unable to provide any additional information and media are requested to refer to this statement and attached two communications.

 

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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