Two Manual H.S. students arrested after gun found at the school

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DENVER -- Two fifteen year old boys are facing potential charges after police say a classmate's life was threatened and they hid a gun inside Manual High School.

On Wednesday morning, a 15-year-old student allegedly stopped a classmate in an alley near Manual High School, pointed a black pistol at his chest and said "I'll kill you." The suspect then took off running.

When the victim arrived at school he told the resource officer that there could be a gun at the school.

Manual High School administrators placed the school on lockdown and called Denver Police to search for a weapon.

"At that point in time we did contact two juveniles who we did subsequently arrest," said DPD spokesman Sonny Jackson.

According to DPD, a second 15-year-old student was helping hide the handgun in his backpack. Both now face potential charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon on school grounds. The teen who allegedly made the threats could also face a charge of felony menacing.

Despite concern among parents, many told FOX31 Denver they were impressed by the quick response.

"It was handled very well I do believe," said Pauletta Anderson, who has a daughter who attends Manual.

"It's serious but I've always been pleased with how the school has responded pretty quickly to these kinds of incidents and really has kept us, as parents, informed," said Glenn Balzer whose son is a senior at the high school.

In a letter to parents, the school praised the victim for his quick response as well, saying, "Our student did the right thing by informing school staff that there may be a weapon at school.

Pauletta Anderson is happy with the communication all around.

"Just keeping me informed about what is going on," Anderson said. "As long as I know what's going on I know my kids are safe."

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