Expelled pre-teen in custody after walking near Geneva schools with gun, police say

GENEVA, Ala (WDHN) — A former student at Geneva Middle School is in custody after police say he was carrying a gun near school campuses, causing a lockdown.

According to Geneva Police Chief Pepper Mock, at around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the GPD received at least three reports of a 12-year-old boy walking near Geneva High School and Middle School with a handgun.

Chief Mock says he discovered the boy had previously been expelled from Geneva Middle School for disrupting class and making threats toward school staff, so he informed school administration, who put the campuses on soft lockdown. No threats were made to the schools.

After a search, police found the boy, who did not have a gun but did possess ammunition, and his 17-year-old half-brother, who was a reported runaway from Holmes County, Florida, according to Chief Mock.

Chief Mock tells WDHN that when officers attempted to take them into custody, the 17-year-old ran away with handcuffs on, but he was caught after a short chase. The officer who pursued him suffered minor injuries.

The 12-year-old boy, who was on juvenile probation, was sent to the Southeast Diversion Center in Dothan facing misdemeanor charges.

The 17-year-old half-brother was also sent to the diversion center. He is facing a count of theft of property for allegedly running away with the officer’s handcuffs.

Chief Mock did not identify the 12-year-old boy or his 17-year-old half-brother due to Alabama’s Juvenile Privacy Law.

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