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Dec 7, 2010 7:28 PM by Andrea Lutz ( KAJ News)

Columbia Falls honor student faces expulsion for bringing gun to school

COLUMBIA FALLS - A 16 year old honor student from Columbia Falls High School is facing expulsion after leaving her hunting rifle in her vehicle on school grounds.

Demarie DeReu is also a member of the Student Council and a varsity cheerleader. In a press release issued to Montana's News Station, DeRue says she had no intent to breaking any rules or laws, or harming anyone.

She went hunting over the Thanksgiving holiday with family and forgot to unload the rifle. It was locked in a case in the truck of her car.

Upon hearing that a "contraband dog" was to be working the school parking lot, DeRue remembered her unloaded hunting rifle secured in the trunk of her car and she informed school officials.

A meeting is now set for Monday, December 13, at 6 p.m. where DeRue will face an expulsion hearing before the local school board.

Calls made to the Superintendent of Columbia Falls Schools have not been returned. The district has a "zero tolerance" policy about guns in schools

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