CC-E student brings loaded gun to school

Monday, October 18, 2004

A 15-year-old Clay Central-Everly High School student was arrested Tuesday afternoon after bringing a loaded handgun to school.

Deputies from the Clay County Sheriff's Department responded to a report that Joseph Dean Menke of rural Spencer, being in possession of a loaded 22-caliber high standard handgun.

Upon arrival, Menke was secured within the school building. The weapon was not discharged and no injuries were reported.

Deputies claim Menke was upset over current and ongoing tension between himself and other students.

The teenager was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Jail. Menke was charged with two class D felonies: going armed with intent and carrying weapons on school property.

He was transported to the Youth Emergency Services Center in Cherokee for holding, pending the advancement of a criminal case.

According to a press release from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, officials, teachers and coaches were notified of the situation and steps are being taken to avoid similar incidents in the future.

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