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2 teen boys charged after they allegedly passed gun around Va. middle school

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Two teens were charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds after Prince William County Police say they passed around a gun at a Virginia middle school. Police learned about the alleged incident while investigating an armed robbery that happened outside the school.

Here's what we know:

Officers responded to investigate a robbery in the 14800 block of Blackburn Rd in Woodbridge around 4:52 p.m. on April 6.

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Police learned a 14-year-old boy got off the school bus and was walking home when a group of teens approached him. One boy pulled out a knife and demanded the boy's shoes. The suspect took the shoes and the group left. No injuries were reported.

Officers learned the teens all knew each other and all attended Rippon Middle School in 15101 Blackburn Rd in Woodbridge.

The next day, the school resource officer was assigned to continue the investigation after they learned one of the teens may have had a gun during the robbery. School officials were told and they located a loaded magazine and additional ammunition in the locker of one of the teens suspected in the robbery.

The SRO also learned another teen suspected in the robbery had a firearm at school and passed it around between some students during the day.

Several students either had the gun at one point or knew about it, police learned. Police did not find a firearm at the middle school due to "uncooperative nature of many of the juveniles involved."

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A police K-9 responded to the school, but still no weapon was found.

Then on April 8, the SRO learned a teen who denied having the weapon actually had it and took it home, but the weapon was returned.

Police said that firearm wasn't linked to the original robbery.

On Wednesday, April 13, police obtained orders for the four teens involved in the initial robbery and gun on school grounds.

Three other teens were disciplined by school administration.

A 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, both from Woodbridge, were charged with robbery,

A 14-year-old male juvenile and a 13-year-old male juvenile, both of Woodbridge possession of a weapon on school grounds, possession of a weapon under the age of 18 and furnishing a weapon to a minor.

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Two other 13-year-old boys, also of Woodbridge, were charged with robbery.

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