MPD arrests MHS student with handgun at parade

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A 14-year-old Minden High School student is at Ware Youth Center in Coushatta after attending the school’s homecoming parade while carrying a handgun.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said an event transpired at school last Wednesday that led to Friday’s episode.

“This male student got into an altercation with a female concerning a bag of chips,” said the chief. “The female refused to share her bag of chips with him, and he struck her.”

The chief said two police officers were at the school – Lt. Tokia Harrison and Off. Mathew Hicks. They were escorting the male from the room where the argument occurred when the female picked up a Yeti insulated cup and struck the male on the back of his head.

“She was arrested and he was taken to the hospital where he had some staples put in the back of his head,” Cropper said. “He allegedly had a brain bleed in his forehead, so she hit him pretty hard.”

The male student was treated and released.

“He showed up Friday at the parade with a handgun,” Cropper continued. “He was spotted with the gun near First United Methodist Church and was taken into custody at the intersection of Homer Road and Broadway.”

Cropper said the youth told officers CHS (Cold Hearted Steppas), a gang of young teen-agers, were out to get him.

“He said he had the gun for protection,” said the chief. “We called the judge and he was able to get a space for him at Ware.”

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