(Originally published March 15, 2005.)

Hesperia Unified School District police officers confiscated a homemade "zip gun" at Lime Street Elementary School on March 4.

The gun was discovered during an administrative search of the sixth-grader, police chief Bob Mosley said last week. The student was in his first year in the Hesperia Unified School District, having transferred from the comparatively less strict Los Angeles Unified School District.

The incident is the first gun-related one in the school district in years, according to Mosley.

"This kid, he just moved up here, and that's what we've been experiencing" with more serious crime, Mosley said. "These new kids come in thinking this is business as usual, and find out that it's not."

The gun was a handmade weapon designed to fire a single shot, and has to be disassembled and reassembled to load it and to ready it for firing.

"And it was not in the firing position," Mosley said. "I don't know that we'll ever know the truth about" why the student brought it to school.

The student was transferred to juvenile hall, as is mandatory when a student is suspected of committing a gun-related crime.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at beau@hesperiastar.com or 956-7108.