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Las Vegas student accused of pointing gun at classmate on campus

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A student at Quest Preparatory Academy stated a classmate pointed a gun at him whereas he was on campus on Monday.

Christian Enciso, 13, an eighth grader at the varsity advised 8 News Now a fellow male classmate pulled a gun from his waistband resulting from an incident over a stuffed animal.

“We were just playing around and then he comes to me, he’s talking to me and he wanted something that I had, it was like this little plushy thing that I had,” stated Enciso exterior his dwelling Wednesday morning.

“He pointed it at me through his shirt and aimed at my stomach,” he advised 8 News Now. “He did show me that he had ammunition and then he put it back in the gun so I don’t know for sure if it was loaded but I knew he did have ammo for the gun.”

Metro Police didn’t verify particulars of the incident, and stated issues with the juvenile age pose dilemmas in info being launched.

Enciso additionally stated he wasn’t positive if the incident was half of a joke or not. He added that his classmate “showed several people” the gun in secret all through the varsity day the day earlier than.

According to Enciso, the varsity was put on a tender lockdown after he advised a instructor.

“That’s when I finally built up the courage to actually say something because at first, I was really scared because I didn’t know what he was capable of,” stated Enciso. “If he’s joking or not, what if it went wrong, and what if he shot me and I end up dying or I end up seriously injured?”

His mom, Stephanie Johnson, stated she heard the information by a message despatched to folks from the varsity however was unaware her son was within the potential path of fireplace.

“They never told me the gun was pointed at him at all. They never told me that,” Johnson advised 8 News Now.

When she arrived at the campus, Johnson stated she noticed her son “shaken up” whereas “boatloads of police officers” surrounded him.

8 News Now took these issues to Principal Janelle Veith, who didn’t verify particulars of the incident, however as a substitute, launched a press release which is supplied beneath.

“We are committed to the safety of every student and take matters like this very seriously. We are unable to provide details to the public about the incident as the school continues to cooperate with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department in their investigation.”

Janelle Veith, Quest Prepatory Academy principal

In the meantime, Johnson pulled her son out of faculty whereas she stated he emotionally recovers at dwelling for the subsequent week.

She additionally stated the plan is to complete out the varsity year at the constitution faculty he’s attended for years already.

While the varsity stated student security is its primary precedence, Johnson stated she doesn’t purchase it and pleads for safety upgrades for the sake of her and her different kids.

“I would like for the kids to have their bags checked (when entering campus) because if that would’ve happened that would’ve prevented him from having the gun and putting it to my son’s stomach,” she added.

Editor’s word: Police couldn’t verify the small print of what occurred relating to the teenager accused within the incident to eight News Now.

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