Police arrest 16-year-old for carrying handgun after Kokomo schools receive anonymous tip

KOKOMO, Ind.-- Police arrested a 16-year-old juvenile on several charges after Kokomo School Corporation officials received an anonymous tip Wednesday evening.

Kokomo police did not provide details of the tip. After it was received, a joint investigation began and resulted in the teen's arrest at a residence on Kokomo's north side.

The juvenile faces a felony and misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a license and harassment by using computer network or other form of electronic communication.

"It's very scary considering the time we live in and all the stuff that's been happening this year mainly, yeah, it's scary," Charlie Cron, a parent of a Kokomo High School student, said.

Police transported the juvenile to the Kinsey Youth Center. No injuries were reported.

"This was an isolated incident, and no active threat currently exists at any Kokomo School Corporation building. Kokomo School Corporation officials worked with Kokomo Police Department officials to file all necessary, and appropriate, materials so proper charges could be processed," Kokomo police said.

Parents were alerted to the arrest late Thursday morning, school officials said. Under Indiana law, any student confirmed to have been in possession of a gun or weapon on school grounds receives an automatic 365-day expulsion.

Multiple parents CBS4 spoke with said though they received a notification, they felt it should have been made sooner. One parent said he received no notification.

"As I a father, yeah, I'm gonna be concerned whether or not my kids like being drug out of school two days in a row, I'm sorry, I'm 40 years old, I don't want to take a chance on having to bury one of my daughters," Andon Wainscott, a parent of students, said.

CBS4 received a photo appearing to show the student holding a gun inside of a school. However, because we have not been able to authenticate it and since the suspect is a juvenile, we have chosen not to feature it.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is asked to call  Captain Teresa Galloway 765-456-7326, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017.

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