2 'curious' students charged with bringing loaded gun to Tartan High School

Two Tartan High School students are facing felony charges after one of them brought a loaded handgun to school on Monday, May 11.

Both 16-year-old boys, Abinadab Tesfahunen and Nathan Neng Xiong, were charged with possession of dangerous weapons on school property. The gun was a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, charges say. No shots were fired, and Oakdale police maintained there were no threats of violence and the students had no conflicts with other students, teachers or staff. The school resource officer added the students had "no malicious intent."

"Both students said they were curious about the idea of having a gun and were showing it off," Oakdale police said in a statement.

According to charges, Xiong took the gun from his father's hunting backpack, which was in his father's bedroom at their Maplewood home, placed the gun in his own backpack and brought it to school. Xiong kept it there until his second-hour class was over, which is when Tesfahunen put it in his backpack. Xiong told police he was going to lend the handgun to him for a couple of days. A teacher stopped Oakdale School Resource Officer Tom Higgins and said two students had apparently seen the gun in Tesfahunen's backpack. He admitted he had asked Xiong to bring the gun to school because he "was curious about the handgun and wanted to hold it," charges say.
 
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