McQueen High School student in custody after being told about a gun on campus

A McQueen High School student was taken into custody Monday after possessing a firearm on campus, according to the Washoe County School District.

School police received a tip Monday morning about an armed student, according to a statement sent to parents by principal Amy Marable.

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“School police located the student and found a firearm,” Marable said in the statement, which was released to media at 2:29 p.m. Monday. “The student was taken into custody and removed from our campus without incident.”

The school was not placed under any kind of alert as the student was “immediately” located and removed from classes without interruption, Marable said.

“Our classes are continuing with a normal schedule and everyone is safe,” Marable said. “We constantly remind our students to report any information that affects them, and we are grateful to those who brought us this critical information today.”

An investigation is underway, she said.

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When reached by phone on Monday afternoon, WCSD public information officer Vickie Campbell said she had no further details to share, including the student’s age.

Monday’s incident is the latest in a trend of students owning guns at local schools.

At the end of January, two WCSD students were found with guns on campus; one at Marvin Moss Elementary School in Sparks and one at Wooster High School.

Last week, a Carson City student was arrested to have a gun on campus.

No one was injured in any of the incidents, and no students or staff were in immediate danger, officials said.

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