Banks High student arrested with gun

Banks High student arrested with gun

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by David Krough and Justin Burton, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 24, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 2:51 AM

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A student at Banks High School was arrested after he brought a handgun to school on Thursday.

Washington County deputies found the gun in the sophomore student's backpack. Deputies said the student had previously made threats against two other students. He was detained in the principal's office. Nobody was hurt.

Deputies quickly confirmed that no other students at the school posed a threat.

The suspect was lodged in the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention facility, in Portland, on charges of menacing, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building.

Officials said Friday the suspect had actually shown another student the gun on Wednesday. That student reportedly went home and told a parent about the gun, but the threat was not taken seriously. Another parent did notify the school on Thursday.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office asks parents and students to immediately call 9-1-1 in such situations. Law enforcement officials will then investigate and determine whether the threat is viable.

"Without the wonderful courage of several students to come forward with the alleged happenings, we would not have been able to do our job and recover the weapon," Banks principal Jim Smith said. "I am so proud of my students and families for the support and care they have in taking care of each other."


 

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