West Allegheny student who brought AR-15 to school in court

On Monday, a West Allegheny student went in front of a judge for charges related to a loaded gun found in the back of his car parked at the high school earlier this month. Eighteen-year-old Ja’Shon Spencer did not want to answer questions as he headed into court on Monday morning. Earlier this month, police said they found a loaded AR-15 inside the teen’s car that was parked at West Allegheny High School. Police said a school resource officer smelled marijuana on Spencer and then checked his car. They found the rifle in the trunk along with a girl who was not a West Allegheny student in the passenger seat and marijuana in the car. Police said Spencer’s mother owns the car. She came to the scene and talked to her son who police said admitted there was a gun in the car. “There’s a climate out there where guns and schools don’t mix and this brings a lot of alarm bells to a lot of people,” said Blaine Jones, Spencer’s attorney. “And it’s our goal to find a resolution that is one that is good for Ja’shon and good for the community.” On Monday, Spencer waived his preliminary hearing and sent the charges to the court of common pleas. His mother was at his hearing. Spencer returns to court on July 11.

On Monday, a West Allegheny student went in front of a judge for charges related to a loaded gun found in the back of his car parked at the high school earlier this month.

Eighteen-year-old Ja’Shon Spencer did not want to answer questions as he headed into court on Monday morning. Earlier this month, police said they found a loaded AR-15 inside the teen’s car that was parked at West Allegheny High School.

Police said a school resource officer smelled marijuana on Spencer and then checked his car. They found the rifle in the trunk along with a girl who was not a West Allegheny student in the passenger seat and marijuana in the car.

Police said Spencer’s mother owns the car. She came to the scene and talked to her son who police said admitted there was a gun in the car.

“There’s a climate out there where guns and schools don’t mix and this brings a lot of alarm bells to a lot of people,” said Blaine Jones, Spencer’s attorney. “And it’s our goal to find a resolution that is one that is good for Ja’shon and good for the community.”

On Monday, Spencer waived his preliminary hearing and sent the charges to the court of common pleas. His mother was at his hearing.

Spencer returns to court on July 11.

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