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Capitol Middle student arrested twice for bringing gun to school

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BATON ROUGE- News 2 learned the 13-year-old accused of bringing a gun to Capitol Middle School Monday was arrested previously for bringing another gun to school.

The gun was discovered after the teen got into a verbal confrontation.  Deputies found a stolen and loaded .380 handgun in his backpack.

Sources tell News 2 he has been taken into police custody numerous times for breaking the law.

District Attorney Hillar Moore said his office knows all about the problems caused by juveniles who can get their hands on guns.

"Often times we have to try these kids as adults because of their age," Moore said.  "If the crime allows us because the juvenile system in my opinion can't protect the public enough as the adult system can."

Moore also said it's not uncommon for juveniles to get their hands on guns.

"If my child was at that school, expulsion wouldn't be enough for me," Moore said.  "Your worried about the child coming back.  How does the child come back?  Do you put them in a different school?  It's a difficult question to answer and unfortunately it's not mine, but the school boards.  It's one the school system and us as a community need to look at."

People who work with juveniles each day are aware of the need for changes. Roxson Welch is the Director of the Youth and Family Service Center in Baton Rouge.

"You take that child and multiply him by hundreds of children who face same issues everyday," Welch said.  "If you don't intervene, we don't have a shot."

Welch said since the Center opened last year, thousands of families have taken advantage of the programs to help youngsters who could be headed down the wrong path.

"Whenever you get a child who has experienced nothing but hatred, anger, pain, suffering and violence all of his life, and now they are 17 or 18, that would take reprogramming and completely starting all over again," Welch said.

The teen accused of bringing the gun to school was arrested and charged. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System did not return our calls by news time.


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