Warren Central student arrested for bringing gun to school

Calvin Lawson
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Rich Van Wyk/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - A Warren Central high school senior could spend years in prison.

Calvin Lawson, 17, was arrested Tuesday for bringing a loaded gun to school. Wednesday, prosecutors charged him as an adult, the C felony crime carries a possible prison term of two to eight years. Lawson had no idea the trouble the gun could get him into.

"I knew if I got caught I could be expelled," Lawson told Eyewitness News. "I didn't know it could go this far."

The police report says another student saw Lawson with the gun at the school. An assistant principal pulled the senior from gym class and found a loaded semi-automatic pistol under his clothes in his locker. He was arrested and brought to the adult processing center, because his alleged offense involved a gun, he was charged as an adult.

"Why would anybody choose to bring this to school?" Warren Assistant School Superintendent Tony Burchette asked. "It was not about vengeance. It's not to get someone. He didn't feel threatened or violated or bullied."

Lawson says he found the small palm sized handgun last week, played with it for a few days, and planned to get rid of it Tuesday.

"I took it out so my mom wouldn't find it and walked to school with it and was getting ready to throw it away at school and them came in and got me," Lawson said.

The high school senior says he planned to attend college, and become a child social worker.

"I'm afraid," Lawson said. "Because at my age, I don't want to go to prison."

Carrying an licensed hand gun is a minor offense, but taking the gun to a school makes it a felony crime. Warren Central administrators say the system worked, and are grateful a student tipped them off the danger.

Lawson will be in court next week.