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Hardin High School

Hardin High School is seen on Wednesday. A student was suspended last Friday and now faces criminal charges stemming from gun possession and attempted robbery.

A Hardin High School student has been charged with flashing a handgun at another student and demanding his lunch money.

The suspect apparently carried the gun in the waistband of his pants, showing it to the victim as he demanded money last Friday, according to Big Horn County District Court charges.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the student, who was suspended from school last week and may be expelled. He is charged with felony attempted robbery and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon in a school building.

The Gazette is not publishing the name of the student, who is a juvenile.

An art teacher at the high school, Nora Block, has also been charged in connection with the incident.

The Friday incident was reported to school officials later in the day. They searched the student but did not find the weapon on him, according to charging documents, but a Glock 27 handgun was later found in a school classroom.

Surveillance video taken at the school reportedly shows the student "walking around the school holding his waistband and looking into the principal's office, who was not in the building," according to the affidavit.

When asked about the gun, the student reportedly said he had been joking around with a black hair dryer that was in the classroom.

Charges state that another student later found the gun and gave it to Block, who didn't turn it over to school officials until the next day.

Block was arrested this week on charges of having a gun on campus, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice. She allegedly placed the gun in her desk after it was turned into her on Friday, then lied about having found the gun while cleaning her classroom the following day.

The student who allegedly brought the gun to school had not been arrested as of Thursday morning, according to the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office.


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