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Middle school student arrested after firearm found in backpack

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 22:50:53-04

Sheboygan Police arrested a 13-year-old boy after finding a firearm in his backpack Tuesday.

Officials at Farnsworth Middle School initially reached out to police after noticing the student smelled like marijuana. Once police arrived, they, too, noticed the odor.

The boy was taken into custody, and while police were searching him, they found an unloaded firearm in his backpack.

The boy told police he had no intentions of using the firearm to harm anybody.

Police later learned the boy stole the gun from a friend's home. He is being referred for charges of possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor, possession of a firearm in a school zone, possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary.

Sheboygan Police officers are looking further into the background of the 13-year-old.