Student ticketed after bringing gun to Denver charter school

A student brought a gun in their backpack Monday to STRIVE Prep-RISE, a charter school in Denver’s Green Valley Ranch neighborhood, but it was confiscated on Monday, school officials said.

The student, who was not identified, was cited for unlawful possession of a weapon, but was not arrested, said Sean Towle, spokesman for the Denver Police Department.

Classmates reported the student to an employee at the school and filed a report with Safe2Tell, the state’s reporting system for school threats, STRIVE Prep spokeswoman Julia Virnstein said.

“No one was hurt,” she said, adding, “We always want to encourage our students to report anything unsafe.”

Denver police and security with Denver Public Schools are both investigating the incident, Virnstein said.

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