Student brings loaded handgun, knife to Eagle River elementary school
Anchorage police are investigating after a student brought a loaded handgun and knife to Fire Lake Elementary School in his backpack Thursday.
A statement from the Anchorage School District said students headed for the Eagle River school on the morning bus allegedly saw the weapons in the student's backpack.
At the beginning of the day, those students told their teacher and the student in question was separated from the backpack before being taken to the office.
ASD said school administrators called a school resource officer from the Anchorage Police Department who responded just before 10:30 a.m. When the backpack was inspected, the weapons were found.
“We want to thank our staff for their swift and appropriate actions and highly commend the students who came forward. These students’ actions were extremely brave and showed tremendous poise and quick thinking," ASD Superintendent Deena Bishop said. "Their actions are a perfect example of what we teach kids throughout our District to keep us all safe -- if you see something, say something.”
No students or staff at the elementary school were injured. ASD said the gun wasn't discharged and both weapons were "quickly safeguarded by the school staff once they learned of the potential threat."
The school district said it is working closely with police as the investigation continues. APD spokesperson MJ Thim said no arrests were made.
Scott Gross contributed to this report.
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