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Loaded, stolen revolver found in Indiana County student's backpack

Patrick Varine
| Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, 5:51 p.m.
A loaded, stolen Ruger LCR .38 Special revolver was found Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in the backpack of a Catholic school student in White Township, Indiana County.
A loaded, stolen Ruger LCR .38 Special revolver was found Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in the backpack of a Catholic school student in White Township, Indiana County.

An 11-year-old boy at St. Bernard Regional Catholic School in Indiana County discovered a loaded, stolen Ruger .38 Special revolver in his backpack on Monday morning.

State police were called to the White Township school shortly before 9 a.m., after a teacher saw the student holding the weapon. It was confiscated and turned over to police, who found a full five rounds loaded in the gun.

The boy’s legal guardian, who owns the weapon, had reported it stolen on Sept. 15.

After arriving at school, according to state police, the boy noticed his backpack seemed heavier than normal. Checking the compartments, he then found the gun.

“The teacher reported that the student was visibly distraught and shocked upon discovering the firearm in his backpack,” police wrote in a release.

Police said all indications are that the boy did not have any prior knowledge of the gun being in his backpack.

No criminal charges are pending, however state police are conducting an active investigation “focused on identifying the person or persons responsible for placing a loaded, stolen firearm into this child’s backpack,” according to the release.

Police also stressed that the discovery of the gun was not associated with any known threats to students, teachers, administrators or staff at St. Bernard.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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