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YOUNGTOWN, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to his high school and threatening another student.

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say the teen was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after he exited a school bus.

Deputies say they questioned the boy, searched his belongings and found a .25-caliber handgun.

The unidentified juvenile was being held on suspicion of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, misconduct involving weapons and theft.

Deputies say the teen allegedly brought the gun to Dysart High School in El Mirage, west of Phoenix.

A 14-year-old Dysart student claims he was threatened by the older boy at a bus stop Tuesday morning in Youngtown.

The younger boy went home and told his mother, who notified authorities.

Statement by the Dysart School District

Dysart High School is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students. The safest schools are the ones where parents, students, staff and community members work in partnership to identify and resolve situations that could impact the safety of the campus.  Yesterday an incident was discovered after school that required police assistance. 

Yesterday after school it was reported that a student had brought a weapon to school.  Upon investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, the report proved to be accurate.  The police department apprehended the student responsible, off campus, and completed their investigation in a timely manner.

Dysart High School worked cooperatively with the police department to ensure the safety and well being of all students.  All responding organizations did an excellent job of working together with Dysart staff in handling this situation.

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