KENNEWICK, Wash. — What one student perceived as a danger to her school ended up being less fearsome than initially expected as Kennewick police officers arrested a 15-year-old Kamiakin High School student for bringing an airsoft gun to class.
According to a statement issued by the Kennewick Police Department, the school resource officer was contacted by a concerned student at 12:43 p.m. on October 28, 2022. This student told the officer that they saw what looked like a handgun being passed around on campus.
As soon as the school resource officer heard, they informed Kennewick police officials and the school’s administration. Kamiakin High School was placed on lockdown so they could locate the student and this weapon.
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When backup arrived, officers located and detained the responsible individual without any further conflict. They located a black airsoft gun with an orange tip stuffed into the waistband of a 15-year-old Kamiakin student.
KPD officials say the student didn’t give any reasoning as to why he decided to bring the airsoft gun to school. In turn, they arrested him for “possessing dangerous weapons on school facilities.” The student’s family and teachers were notified of what happened and the lockdown was lifted shortly after.
Kennewick police officials did not offer any further details on what happened after the student was brought under arrest. Since he is a minor, his identity will be withheld from the public.
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