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Verona student handled loaded gun inside classroom, complaint states

Verona student handled loaded gun inside classroom, complaint states

A Verona High School student arrested on Wednesday for bringing a loaded gun to school had moved the gun from a friend’s backpack to the front of his own waistband in a classroom at the school, with other students and staff members present, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

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The complaint charged Tavion J. Flowers, 18, of Fitchburg, with possession of a firearm on school grounds, felony bail jumping and carrying a concealed weapon.

Flowers appeared in court Friday and was released from custody on a signature bond. He was ordered not to possess any weapons.

At the time of his arrest Wednesday, Flowers was already on a signature bond for a felony theft charge issued in October, which also barred him from possessing any weapons.

According to a criminal complaint:

A security officer was joking around with another student about how skinny his backpack appeared to be. She briefly slapped her hand on his backpack, and when she did she felt something that felt like it could have been a firearm.

The officer notified her supervisor, a former Madison police officer, who found the student, but the student no longer had the backpack and said he had given it to Flowers.

Tavion Flowers


When security personnel tried to search Flowers he tried to walk away to an awaiting car. The security supervisor grabbed Flowers and held him against the vehicle and called for assistance. When other security officers arrived, the supervisor was able to remove a handgun he had seen on Flowers’ right ankle, inside his pants.

Flowers told police he brought the gun to school in his front waistband and was holding it for an acquaintance. He said he hid it inside his friend’s backpack while he went into a restroom at school. When he found out school security staff would be searching his friend’s backpack, he said, he moved it from the backpack to his waistband, while in a school classroom.

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