Swope Student in Custody

A junenile court has ruled a 13-year-old Sparks boy as a risk to the community and remains in custody Thursday night after bringing a handgun to his middle school Wednesday.

School officials say there is no indication the boy wanted to use the gun on anyone at Swope Middle School. Instead they say it appears he just wanted to present a tough image to fellow classmates.

According to authorities the ammunation didn't fit the pistol. The student told officials he got the gun and ammunition from a relative's vehicle.

That relative, William Mattherly, was booked into Washoe County Jail Thursday on child endangerment charges as well as allowing a minor to have possession of a firearm.


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