Weston, 17, is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed weapon, both of which are felonies. He is also charged with a misdemeanor violation of possessing a weapon in a weapon-free school zone.
Weston was formally arraigned sometime Friday in Ottawa County District Court in front of Judge Susan Jonas via a video feed from the jail. He does not have any prior convictions on his record in Ottawa County and is being charged as an adult.
Weston was released from the Ottawa County Jail on a 10 percent $5,000 bond. A preliminary exam court date will be set at a later date.
Possession of a stolen firearm is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or fines of up to $5,000. Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $2,500. Possessing a weapon in a weapon-free school zone is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail, up to 100 hours of community service or up to a $2,000 fine.
After students say they saw Weston with a gun at school, they alerted West Ottawa High School staff, who then contacted the school resource officers and initiated lockdown procedures, police said. The school resource officer and another Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputy immediately located the suspect outside the north high school building at 10:28 a.m. and took him into custody without incident.
Police say they secured a small-caliber handgun from the Holland Township teen and booked him in the Ottawa County Jail.
No one was injured during the incident and no one was threatened with the firearm, police said.
The lockdown was lifted by 11:26 a.m. and regular school activities resumed for the day.
Although police said Weston was still being interviewed by detectives and subsequent searches were being carried out, a motive is not clear for his behavior.
According to an obituary in the Grand Rapids Press, Weston’s father, Daniel Weston, died last August. The teen’s social media profile is laced with profanity and several references to gun violence.
In 2016, Weston posted to his Facebook profile a photo of rifles with text laid over the image stating, “Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy guns & ammo which is the same thing.” Another image posted by Weston in 2016 referenced buying gun parts.
Weston’s mother, Stacy Puente, posted on Facebook that her son found the gun “in the junkyard,” that it was broken and her son “forgot it was in his backpack.”