Charge: Twin Cities high school student carries loaded gun to full day of classes

A Twin Cities high school student toted a loaded handgun in his backpack and went about his day attending classes only to be caught a few hours later in a car with the stolen weapon and marijuana, according to authorities. Joshua Z. Bernard Jr., 18, of Maple Grove, was charged Friday in Hennepin County District Court with possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, a felony. Bernard, who attends Osseo Area Learning Center alternative school in Brooklyn Park, remains jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail ahead of a court appearance Monday afternoon. Messages were left Monday with the Osseo School District administration seeking further details about the student being armed and what staff and students’ families were told, if anything. One month earlier, district officials testified before the Minnesota Legislature about changes to school safety and gun laws. The hearing came in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting […]

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