NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- The public is getting a first look at the Utica teenager accused of bringing a loaded handgun to school. And there was a large contingent in court Tuesday to support Ka’Shawn Carter.
The 17-year-old was only before New Hartford Town Court Judge William Virkler for a couple of minutes, long enough to waive his felony hearing, sending the case straight to a county grand jury for possible indictment, or a formal charge.
Carter faces two charges – criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, and criminal possession of a weapon. His bail was set at $20,000, but hasn't been posted yet, he's still in the Oneida County Jail.
A teacher assistant noticed the gun outside Middle Settlement Academy, which school leaders say is for students who've had difficulty in traditional class, sometimes related to behavioral issues.
The teacher assistant alerted the school resource officer.
The school went into lockout mode for an hour while the Oneida County Sheriff's Office investigated.
With this case held over for grand jury action, there probably won't be any movement on it for a few weeks.
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