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Only campus weapons violation was by a 12-year-old who hid gun

Nov 14, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Central Wyoming College has not seen a weapon offense on school property for at least three years, but campus safety officer Dan Ladd said one will appear in annual statistics for 2013.

"It was a pretty minor deal," he told the CWC Board of Trustees in October. "A kid stashed a gun under the bushes."

Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said the incident involved a 12-year-old Riverton boy who had been part of a residential burglary in March.

"There were several basketball jerseys as well as a handgun stolen during this burglary," Lee said. "We developed two suspects, both juveniles."

Some of the missing items were located at the 12-year-old's house, but not

the handgun -- a Smith and Wesson .45 automatic.

The boy's family members told officers the gun might be at CWC, where the 12-year-old was scheduled to see a tutor that day.

The boy hid the weapon soon after the officers visited his house.

Lee said the other juvenile involved in the burglary, a 15-year-old boy, had contacted the 12-year-old about the investigation.

"(The 12-year-old) became scared and ditched the gun on campus," Lee said. "A deputy went up there and located it within a couple of minutes."

The handgun was returned to its owner, and Lee said the case was sent to Fremont County Youth Services.

CWC's crime report is available at cwc.edu/resources/campussafety.

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