Gun at school leads to arrest at Riverside High

Dec. 04, 2013 @ 05:20 PM

A Riverside High School ninth-grader took a loaded pistol to class on Wednesday, according to Durham Public Schools officials and the Sheriff’s Office.

The school’s resource officer got an anonymous tip about 9:20 a.m. that Steven Michael Carrera, 16, of Morreene Road had the gun. Deputies found Carrera in class and took the loaded Leinad DD 45 pistol without incident, said Dep. Paul Sherwin, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

“Carrera refused to answer questions and we do not know why he had the weapon on him,” Sherwin said.

The teen was arrested and charged with possession of a concealed weapon, possession of a handgun by a minor and possession of a weapon on educational property. He was held in the Durham County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

William “Chip” Sudderth, spokesman for DPS, noted in an email to the community that all students were safe and the campus was secure.

“It is important for our community to work together to keep us informed of potential safety hazards or threats,” Sudderth said.
Students and parents can send anonymous tips through the DPS Text-A-Tip service by texting “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword DPSTIP from any mobile phone.

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