Natomas high school student arrested for bringing loaded gun to campus

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Updated May 15, 2022*

A Natomas High School student was arrested Friday morning for bringing a loaded gun to campus.

According to an email sent Friday evening from Capt. Vance Chandler, which includes significant incidents and arrests in the Sacramento Police Department’s Northern Command, the 15-year-old student was arrested around 11 a.m. on May 13 on the campus located on Block 3300 of Fong Ranch Road.

School district sources confirmed that Sacramento police were called to campus when a school resource officer located a loaded glock-style weapon in the student’s backpack. SROs are also Sacramento Police Department officers hired to work on high school campuses.

The student’s backpack was reportedly searched after he was heard making comments referring to the use of a firearm. The weapon was not seen by other students, the sources said.

“(The student) was held securely and no force was used,” Chandler said. Natomas buzz Friday.

Chandler confirmed that Natomas High School was not quarantined during the incident, adding that no further information was available due to the student’s age.

An email sent by the Natomas Unified School District on Saturday morning apologized to the families of Natomas High for not informing them of the incident on Friday.

“Yesterday, a student informed school staff that he had heard another student make a comment regarding possession of a weapon. The school administration responded quickly in accordance with our protocols, and after a search of the student’s belongings by our School Resource Officers, a loaded handgun was recovered with a bullet,” the email reads. “The student was immediately arrested and taken into custody at seen. We would like to thank the student, who quickly shared this information with the staff, for making the right decision.

The Natomas High School administration plans to hold a meeting with school staff and teachers on Monday morning to discuss the incident.

*Updated with information from email sent to families at Natomas High on Saturday, May 14.

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