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Teen in custody after bringing gun to Thunderbird High School

Officers were called to the campus near 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road after an employee at the school saw the teen with the gun.

PHOENIX — A 16-year-old student at Thunderbird High School was taken into custody Tuesday after he brought a handgun to campus, police said.

Officers were called to the campus near 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road after an employee at the school saw the teen with the gun.

Police said the teen fled the school and after a brief chase, the boy disposed of the firearm.

Officers were able to find the gun nearby and take the teen into custody.

Police said the boy will be booked into the juvenile court center on charges related to possession of a firearm on a school campus. 

Authorities said due to the student's age, his identity is not being released.

This was the second gun-related incident reported at a Valley school Tuesday. Students at a Surprise high school and middle school were locked down after police received calls of a student with a gun on campus.

RELATED: Paradise Honors High School briefly locked down after gun reported on campus

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