The teen accused of bringing a handgun to Waupaca High School now faces criminal charges.
Brandon D. Bellile, 17, Waupaca, was charged with felony possession of a firearm on school grounds, possession of a weapon by a minor, and carrying a concealed weapon.
On the morning of March 9, Principal Robert Becker told School Liaison Officer Bret Rodenz that a female student warned him that Bellile brought a handgun to school. She said the gun was in his pickup truck.
The girl also said Bellile had been depressed over the weekend and had made comments about harming himself, according to the criminal complaint.
Rodenz questioned Bellile, who denied having anything in his truck that should not be there.
Rodenz, Becker and Bellile walked out to the parking lot. Lt. Geoff Johnson and Officer Nate Nelson also went to the school.
Rodenz found a .22-caliber silver handgun under the back seat of the cab.
When asked why he had a gun in his vehicle, Bellile reportedly responded, “I had it in there because I was going to shoot at targets or whatever and I left it back there. I remember I shoved it back there and completely forgot about it.”
Bellile appeared in court on March 12. He was released from custody on a $2,000 signature bond with the condition that he not possess any weapons, firearms or pocket knives and that he comply with all court orders.