*Editor's Note: The following information was provided in a Washington State Patrol press release sent at 8:48 a.m., Tuesday March 20.
A 14 year old boy was escorted from his classroom and arrested today when he was found to be in possession of a handgun. The incident occurred at Northwood Middle School in the 17000 block of SE 184 St. on Monday around 12:30 p.m. The boy reportedly showed the gun to another student and was also overhead by other students talking about having a gun. Students contacted a school security officer who immediately called the police.
Deputies responded to the scene and contacted the boy in a classroom. The boy was escorted out of the classroom for the safety of the others students, and once outside the classroom, deputies discovered the boy had the gun in his jacket. He was arrested without incident and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.
The gun was not loaded and the boy was not in possession of any ammunition for the gun. The gun’s serial number had also been obliterated.
ORIGINAL STORY, Posted at 4:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 20:
What could have ended in tradgedy following a month of gun-related child fatalities resolved in arrest Monday afternoon after a Renton boy brought a gun to school, reported q13fox.com late last night.
Northwood Middle School staff apparently learned of the 14-year-old’s actions after another student overheard the boy talking about the gun. The middle school is part of the Kent School District, although it has a Renton address.
School staff reported the tip to King County Sheriff’s Office. Police pulled the boy from class and found the unloaded gun in his jacket pocket.
The teen was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention facility.
No information was posted to the Kent School District web site; however, q13fox.com reported that a letter to parents explaining the event was sent home with students.
Patch is still waiting for a request for more information from the King County Sheriff’s Office. This article will be undated as more details become available.