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14-year-old boy robs classmates at gunpoint

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—A 14-year-old boy is sent to the Benton Franklin Juvenile Detention Center after robbing a group of classmates at gunpoint.

Kennewick Police say on Wednesday a 14-year-old Horse Heaven Hills Middle School boy robbed four of his classmates at gunpoint off of campus but in the area of the middle school.  They say the gun was fully loaded.

Neither police nor the Kennewick School District can confirm whether or not the boy had the gun while at school.  They say it belongs to the teen's father.  The school says they learned of the robbery after a school officer overheard the students talking.  

"The student resource officer at the school observed the kids acting strange, so he knew them well enough to know that today they seemed a little bit off, and so he pulled some of those students aside and talked to them, and they then revealed what had happened," says Lorraine Cooper, Kennewick School District.

Earlier this month a 12-year-old boy was expelled from Highlands Middle School after bullets were found in his backpack.  Cooper says situations like this rarely happen, but it's a great example of why each school needs security officers. 

The 14-year-old boy robbed his classmates of a cell phone.  He is now expelled and faces four counts of robbery.