Ottawa County

'My bad,' says student charged with taking gun to school

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The West Ottawa High School student arrested with a gun at school offered this response to causing so much fear among his classmates:

"My bad," Davian Weston told 24 Hour News 8 on Friday as he walked out of the Ottawa County Jail.

Weston, 17, of Holland, hugged his mom as he left the jail, released on bond, with a bag of Fritos.

He'd been arraigned earlier in the day on two felonies — receiving and concealing a stolen handgun and carrying a concealed weapon — and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a gun on school property.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Ottawa County deputies say at least one other student reported seeing Weston with a gun outside the high school Thursday morning. They believe he had the weapon inside the school earlier in the day.

The report led to a lockdown and anxious moments.

"He does feel bad, but he's not allowed to comment. He doesn't understand all this," his mother, Stacy Puente, said.

Deputies arrested him quickly Thursday but have said little about why he had it, or whether it was loaded.

"Right now there's no clear indication he had any intended target at the school," Capt. Mark Bennett said Thursday. "Why he brought the weapon to school, obviously, that's one of our main questions."

The mom told 24 Hour News 8 that her son had found the gun, that it was broken and unloaded and that he forgot it was in his backpack.

She said her son is a good kid. He has no criminal record, according to Ottawa County Juvenile Court.

"A lot of the news stations left out a lot of the parts that played a role in it, that proves what really happened, so that's all I can say though," his mom said.

His mom said bullying played no role in the incident. 

"He hates it when kids get bullied," she said. "Everybody's totally flipping it around."

"I don't blame the parents for being scared, for their kids for being scared, all they knew was that somebody had a gun on premises, so I don't blame them," his mom said.


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