A Southridge High School student brought a gun to campus

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Principals and law enforcement quickly arrested a 16-year-old Southridge High School student Tuesday morning when they learned he had brought a gun to campus.

According to Kennewick Police DepartmentSouthridge senior administration became aware of a potential firearm on campus at approximately 11:15 a.m. PST on September 13, 2022. Along with the school resource officer and school security, staff of Southridge has identified and made contact with the student, whose identity is withheld because he is a minor.

The student was isolated and his belongings were searched. Their suspicions were confirmed and the student was transported to the Benton-Franklin County Juvenile Justice Center. He was convicted on an unspecified firearms charge, according to Kennewick police.

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The following statement was made by Kennewick Police officials:

We are grateful for our partnership with the Kennewick School District and for the student who provided the initial report to school staff allowing the SRO and security personnel to act quickly and resolve the situation. It’s a great example of “If you see something, say something”. Without the courage of this student, this situation might not have been resolved so quickly and without damage.

A lockdown was not initiated because those involved did not assess any danger or harm present to the school community before being given the opportunity to contact the suspect.

This is a developing story. An update and/or follow-up may be posted if further details are revealed.


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