Big Sky High School student arrested for having weapons on campus

MISSOULA — A Big Sky High School student was arrested Thursday for having a weapon on campus.

Missoula Police Department spokeswoman Lydia Arnold said the School Resource Officer (SRO) was made aware of a verbal argument between two male students – one of whom was suspected of having a firearm.

Arnold says a third-party report to the SRO indicated that an 18-year-old – who MTN News is not currently identifying – was planning revenge on the other man involved. The SRO was able to locate the victim and bring him to a safe place. The officer then located the suspect and detained him.

Arnold says no gun was found on the suspect, but he “had knives on him.” The suspect faces initial charges of conspiracy to commit assault with a weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.

No other details are currently available and a Missoula Police Department investigation is ongoing.

Arnold noted that there was no additional threat to the public.

The following email was sent to parents and students on Thursday afternoon.

You may notice an increased police presence at Big Sky High School. There is no active threat situation, we are just being proactive with a student issue that was presented to us at lunch. If you feel the need to check on your child, please report to the daycare office. Lunch ends at 12:45 p.m. and we will organize a regular schedule in the afternoon.

Jennifer Courtney

Principal, Big Sky High School

Martha K. Merrill