Troopers say two teens planted gun on Fairbanks student

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2003

FAIRBANKS - A 17-year-old West Valley High School student accused of bringing a loaded gun to school has been cleared of charges after Alaska State Troopers determined the weapon was planted in his backpack.

Trooper Carl Main said it became apparent Monday that the boy's claims the gun was planted in his bag were true. His family, teachers and other students said it was out of character for the boy to bring a weapon.

"There's certain life lessons to be learned from this. The truth was able to come out," Main said.

Two other 17-year-old students were arrested Tuesday on one count each of second-degree misconduct involving a weapon. They're accused of planting the loaded gun. Main said they could face additional charges.

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