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High school student arrested for gun comment

February 16, 2018

LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say a 17-year-old high school student has been arrested for commenting, “I could buy an AR-15,” the day after the same gun model was used in a high school shooting that killed 17 and injured others in Florida.

Ledyard High School Principal Amanda Fagan says the student made the comment during a first-period class Thursday. Administrators called the local police department around 9 a.m., and the student has been referred to juvenile court on charges of threatening and breach of peace.

Fagan says the student’s offense was similar to “joking about a bomb in the airport.”

She says the student does not have access to firearms at home, and there was no threat to students or staff.

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