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Man whose son brought gun to school avoids major jail time

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A man whose 14-year-old son brought his father's gun to school in Chula Vista was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail and four years of probation.

Zachariah Dow, 37, pleaded guilty in July to child abuse, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a felon. He faced up to eight years in prison.

Dow surrendered to authorities the night of May 21, about seven hours after the gun scare at Hilltop High. An assistant principal made an emergency call late in the morning after several students reported seeing a ninth-grader displaying a handgun in class.

Chula Vista police said students claimed that the suspect made statements that the gun was loaded and that he could potentially use it to shoot someone at school.

Officers went to the boy's classroom and arrested him without incident.

Inside the boy's backpack was a loaded .44-caliber revolver, police said.

Friends of the boy said he had been bullied at school.

Detectives later determined that the gun belonged to Dow, the boy's father.

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