Stolen Gun Brought to Van Buren School

Police Arrest Student and Parents

VAN BUREN, Ark. - A student and their parents have been arrested after police say the child brought a stolen gun to school this week.

A Van Buren Police Department (VBPD) news release issued Friday says it happened on Monday (Jan. 29) at Central Elementary School.

Police say the student showed the gun to other students during the school day but none of the students alerted school officials or police. That evening, one student told a parent who then reported the incident to the school.  

The VBPD says that after its School Resource Officers investigated the incident, they were able to obtain enough evidence to confirm that the student did bring a handgun to the school.  
After further investigation, it was found that both parents of the student were aware that he had a gun and had taken it to school.  

Police say the parents (identified as Ruben Granados, 32, and Melissa Granados, 29) even concocted a story to cover up the offense but later changed their story and even led investigators to the gun, which had been hidden in their backyard.   

The juvenile was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun on school property, and theft by receiving. The parents were both charged with theft by receiving and tampering with physical evidence. All of these are felony charges.

Investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the theft of the handgun.  
School Resource Officers with the VBPD are working closely with Van Buren School District officials to educate students on the importance of immediately reporting this type of behavior in the future. "The safety of our students is paramount, and we want to encourage our students to help keep their classmates safe," the news release stated.  

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