Two charged in Appleton East High School gun incident

Tou Thao, left, and Blong Vang (Photos courtesy Outagamie Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

APPLETON, Wis. (WLUK) -- Two of the three suspects were charged in adult court Monday after authorities say they had weapons on Appleton East High School grounds last week.

Blong Vang, 21, and Tou Thao, 17, are facing several charges. The third suspect, is a minor and did not appear in court Monday.

Vang and Thao are accused of coming to Appleton from the Wausau area, about 100 miles away, bringing guns on to Appleton East High School property.

According to the criminal complaint, the school resource officer found Thao and the third suspect, a 16-year-old, walking around the school building. The officer was suspicious because the two had baseball hats on, which is against school policy. After questioning those two, the document says the resource officer found Vang in a car in the school parking lot. Backup officers searched the car and found a loaded gun in a paper bag and another handgun in a black bag, both wrapped in red bandannas.

Because Thao also had a red bandanna at the time, prosecutors say there may be ties to gang activity,

The complaint says Vang's girlfriend goes to Appleton East and is being bullied by another student there. The document says the other student recently pushed Vang's girlfriend down the stairs. However, prosecutors did not address that claim in court.

Vang and Thao say they went to the school to talk to the other student.

In the criminal complaint the suspects insist, however, they did not plan on physically hurting the other student.

Vang's bail was set at $20,000 cash on Monday. Thao's was sent at $15,000 cash.

Both Vang and Thao are facing charges of conspiracy to commit child abuse.

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