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An anonymous tip led to the charging of a Kokomo juvenile with illegally carrying a handgun.

According to the Kokomo Police Department, the Kokomo School Corporation contacted the police department Wednesday evening following an anonymous tip.

The KPD investigated and found a 16-year-old juvenile at a north-side Kokomo residence Wednesday night. KPD officers then charged the juvenile for carrying a handgun without a license, a level 5 felony, carrying a handgun without a license, a class A misdemeanor, and harassment by using a computer network or other form of electronic communication.

The juvenile was then taken to the Kinsey Youth Center without incident, according to the press release. No injuries were reported.

 An image of a boy wearing a Kokomo schools sweatshirt and holding a gun in a bathroom circulated on social media Thursday with posts claiming the photo was taken inside a Kokomo High School bathroom.

The Kokomo Tribune was unable to independently verify whether the person in the photo was a Kokomo High School student, was the juvenile charged or if the picture was taken in a Kokomo High School bathroom.

The Kokomo Police Department refused to answer questions regarding the investigation or provide additional information on the incident, including whether the juvenile charged had a gun on school property.

The school corporation released a statement Thursday saying there was no threat to student safety.

"No active threat exists at any Kokomo School Corporation building,” Dave Barnes, director of communications for the district, said in a statement. “Kokomo Schools officials are conducting an investigation, and additional details will be forthcoming at the conclusion of that investigation."

“Per Indiana law, any student confirmed to have been in possession of a gun (weapon) on school grounds, receives an automatic 365-day expulsion,” according to a press release from the Kokomo School Corporation, though the corporation did not specify whether or not the juvenile charged was a student.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Captain Teresa Galloway at 765-456-7326, or the Kokomo Police Department hotline at 765-456-7017. 

Education Reporter Caele Pemberton can be reached at 765-454-8587, by email at caele.pemberton@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @CaelePemberton

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