Student arrested with gun, marijuana at Anchorage school
A Monday report of an Anchorage school student with drugs led police to arrest a male student at about 9 a.m., according to an APD statement.
A school resource officer at Benny Benson Secondary School, a vocational school for high-school students at 4525 Campbell Airstrip Road, was alerted by faculty that the student had marijuana.
“As the SRO interviewed the male student, it was discovered the student was also in possession of a gun,” police wrote. “The officer immediately took the gun from the student.”
APD spokeswoman Kendra Doshier said in an email that the student was in possession of the gun on school grounds. Questions about whether the gun was loaded or the student had planned any violent acts at the school, she wrote, are "part of the investigation."
The student was taken to the McLaughlin Youth Center, with charges forwarded to the state Division of Juvenile Justice.
Anchorage School District spokeswoman Catherine Esary declined to discuss what grade the student was in, or what disciplinary action he might face.
“Our policies and our protocols will be followed,” Esary said.
The arrest follows a rash of school shooting threats and arrests across the district late last year.
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