Two Phnom Penh high school students were arrested by Por Sen Chey district police after one of them allegedly brought an air pistol to class on Saturday afternoon.
Police first came to the Hun Sen Pochentong Secondary School at the request of the principal, who asked them to check the bag of one of the ninth grade students, 17-year-old Teng David from Kakab commune in Pursenchey district.
Officers found the gun in David’s bag, arrested him and brought him to Kakab commune police station for interrogation. David reportedly told officers that the pistol belonged to his friend, Tiv Darat, 17, who attends grade 11 at Borey 100 Knorng High School in Sen Sok district.
“After the interrogation, the student said that the pistol does not belong to him – he said that he borrowed it from his friend,” said Yem Saran, the Por Sen Chey district police chief.
“Then, he cooperated with the police to arrest the pistol owner.”
On the same afternoon, police found and arrested Darat, who told them that he had bought the gun in Thailand during a trip there.
According to Saran, the boys are not off the hook yet. “Both of them were suspected of illegal weapon trading and possession,” he said.
“They and their evidence will be sent to the court on Monday for further procedures.”