Student Who Brought Gun To School Facing Felony Charges

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The El Paso County Sheriff's Office tells us a student brought a handgun onto the Lewis-Palmer High School campus, prompting a precautionary lockdown.

The lockdown ended just after noon, two hours after it started.

The student, a 17-year-old boy, has been charged with a felony--unlawful carrying a weapon on school grounds--and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a handgun by a juvenile. The teen was taken to the Spring Creek Youth Services Center in Colorado Springs.

The Sheriff's Office says they have no indication that the student had any intent to use the weapon.

The Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip through the Safe 2 Tell tip line about the weapon. According to the Safe 2 Tell website, Safe 2 Tell allows students a "way to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know, in a way that keeps them safe and anonymous." It's a not-for-profit organization based on the Colorado Prevention Initiative for School Safety. By state law, the reporting party must remain anonymous.

For more about Safe 2 Tell, click on the link on the side of the page.