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Rochester student facing charges for smoking marijuana and bringing gun on bus

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Rochester student is facing felony charges after allegedly smoking marijuana on a bus and bringing a handgun Friday to the Alternative Learning Center where he went to school.

Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin said the trouble with the teenager began when the 14-year-old boy was allegedly smoking marijuana on the school bus. But then school officials later learned the boy was carrying a handgun with ammunition in his book bag.

Sherwin said the bus was taking the students to the Alternative Learning Center on 37 Woodlake Drive Southeast in Rochester.

When the bus arrived at the school Friday morning, the student was taken to the principal's office at about 9:30 a.m. The boy's parents were called to the school to search the boy's backpack for marijuana. Sherwin said when the parents searched the bag not only did they find marijuana but a handgun with ammunition.

Sherwin said having a weapon on school property is a felony charge even for a minor.

"Was someone in danger? You know it's hard to say," Sherwin said. "But anytime you recover a handgun on school property, or particularly in possession of a 14-year-old that's obviously very troubling."

The boy was arrested at the school and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.

Sherwin said the more severe charges will be having a gun on school property, but he will also face charges for having illegal drugs on the property as well.

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