Arizona high school student arrested for bringing AR-15, ammo to campus
A 15-year-old high school student in Phoenix, Arizona was taken into custody after he was allegedly caught with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition at a high school, police stated.
Phoenix Police stated the Bostrom High School student was arrested at round 1 p.m. Friday for bringing the firearm onto school grounds.
The directors instantly positioned the school on lockdown and alerted the police, who then confiscated the weapon and arrested the student.
“When they arrived, officers detained the male student in the school’s main office. The student was found to be in possession of a semi-automatic rifle. Additional ammunition was found in the student’s backpack and lunch box,” police stated, FOX 10 Phoenix reported.
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The student faces felony charges together with “minor in possession of a firearm, carrying a weapon on school grounds, interfering with an educational institution and other weapon-related charges,” Donna Rossi, director of communications for the Phoenix police, instructed NBC News.
According to a press launch, school directors acquired a tip throughout lunchtime that the gun was on campus, FOX 10 reported.
Principal Michelle Gutierrez de Jimenez wrote a letter to households informing them that further security measures will likely be in place following Friday’s incident.
“As we shared on Friday, we received a report from a student that a possible firearm was on campus. Our staff immediately contacted local law enforcement, who arrived on the scene and confirmed the report to be true,” the letter stated. “The Phoenix Police Department is investigating, and we will cooperate fully in their investigation.”
The school thanked those that offered the tip.
“As you know, the safety of our students and staff is always our top priority and a shared effort,” it continued. “We want to thank those who reported the incident to a trusted adult, our staff, and the Phoenix Police Department who quickly arrived on campus.”
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The principal additionally stated emotional assist sources could be out there.
“We recognize the severity of this situation and the fear and anxiety it causes our students and staff. We will have social-emotional support available at school for students and staff who may need it,” she wrote.
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The police division’s crime gun intelligence unit is investigating the incident with cooperation from school and district officials.
The student has not been recognized. It is unclear how the student obtained the gun and ammunition.
He was booked right into a juvenile detention facility.