GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The families whose children attend school at Grand River Academy (GRA) in Grand Junction were met with a concerning email this morning. Just before 7 am on Jan. 27, GRA Principal Steve States sent the email stating that on Thursday, Jan. 20, “two witnesses reported that a student was believed to have had a weapon on campus earlier in the day.”

According to a copy of the email obtained by KREX, “The Grand Junction Police Department was notified immediately and conducted an investigation. The investigation found that the student did have a gun on campus.”

School District 51 has told KREX that the student was a part of the 8th grade program. District officials also stated, “Additional security is at the school today, and then they’ll assess what is needed for next week, particularly on the day 8th-graders are at GRA.”

KREX reached out to Principal States by phone who stated, “There are no plans for the student to return to campus.”

Principal States’ email continued to say, “Student safety is a top priority for us, and we want to thank the witnesses who did the right thing by coming forward.”

Grand River Academy is a District 51 blended learning school located on 14th St. in Grand Junction that offers classes in grades K-12.

Grand Junction Police Department confirmed to KREX that: “Officers responded to Grand River Academy on Thursday, January 20th at approximately 3:15PM after receiving a report from staff about a student having brought a gun onto school property. No students, including the suspect, were on campus when officers arrived, as they had been released for the day. It was reported to officers that the suspect had shown the gun to multiple students throughout the day but had made no direct threats of violence. After speaking with reporting parties and multiple witnesses, officers identified a 13-year-old male in connection with this incident and located him at his home.”

The student was taken into custody and remanded to the Department of Youth Corrections on a charge of unlawfully carrying or possession of a concealed weapon on school, college, or university grounds, and a second charge of possession of handguns by juveniles.