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Madison West High School student arrested after loaded gun found in backpack, police say

Tyrese T. Williams was arrested on Jan. 21 after police say a loaded gun was in his backpack. (Source: Dane Co. Sheriff's Office)
Tyrese T. Williams was arrested on Jan. 21 after police say a loaded gun was in his backpack. (Source: Dane Co. Sheriff's Office)(NBC15)
Published: Jan. 21, 2020 at 3:34 PM CST
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A Madison West High School student was arrested after a loaded gun was found in his backpack, says Madison Police.

Police department spokesman Joel DeSpain said a school resource officer was notified Tuesday morning that a student may have a gun in the building.

DeSpain said the gun was found in Tyrese T. Williams' backpack. The 18-year-old was arrested for possessing a firearm in a school zone.

According to Tim Lemonds, the school district spokesperson, in an interview with NBC15 News: "The way the principal and her team and especially our educational resource officer – the way they were able to respond quickly and isolate this student and make that area safe for other students, to address the issue, was exactly the way we train."

A letter was sent to parents by Madison West High School principal Karen Boran.

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