Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of felony gun charges after a loaded gun was found at their Reno middle school.
The .22-caliber pistol was found in the pocket of a sweat shirt Traner Middle School, Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said.
The gun was discovered Monday after a teacher saw two students passing the sweat shirt between them as students prepared to board the school bus at the end of the day.
The two eighth-grade boys were charged Tuesday with felony possession of a firearm by a minor, plus gross misdemeanor charges of possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds and carrying a concealed weapon, Mieras said. They were being held Wednesday at Wittenberg Hall.
The gun was the second firearm found at a Washoe County School this semester, according to school district police. In October, a 14-year-old freshman was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded handgun to school.
"This is a pretty serious thing," Traner principal Mike Bumgartner said. He said he would address the issue with students on Wednesday.
"We will talk about this issue, but overall, we need to stress to students that we are all here together, and if the students see anything or hear anything, they need to tell somebody about it," Bumgartner told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
The students were identified and arrested Tuesday after interviews with other students, Mieras said.
An unidentified person had delivered the gun to the students after school on Monday, Bumgartner said.