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Student arrested for bringing a toy gun in school parking lot

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – At roughly 2:20 p.m. (October 9th, 2019) Iowa City Police were sent to Tate High School to investigate a report that a gun was exchanged in the parking lot the day before.

According to the principal, a parent reported during a parent-teacher conference that they observed a gun exchange in the parking lot the day prior, at about 3 p.m. on October 8th.

Surveillance cameras confirmed the parent’s observations of the parties involved, but a gun could not be identified on video. Further investigation by the Iowa City Police Department confirmed that a Tate student had a toy gun and was showing it to another student in the parking lot.

The juvenile student was charged with Carrying a Toy Gun in City Limits (City Code 8-7-3 (B)), and was released to their parent.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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