Second student arrested in gun scare that locked down school

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A high school in this south Seattle suburb was briefly locked down Thursday after a student showed up with three loaded guns, but police said he told investigators he had no plans to harm anyone.

No one was injured, and the student was arrested without incident. A second student was arrested on Thursday night, and police said they're looking for a third.

The student who brought the guns to school - a 10th grader at Todd Beamer High School whose name was not immediately released - said he intended to sell the handguns that a school police officer found in his backpack, Federal Way police spokeswoman Stacy Flores said.

The hourlong lockdown began around 12:45 p.m., after a school police officer got a tip from a mother whose daughter had sent a text message saying she thought a student might be carrying weapons, district spokeswoman Debra Stenberg said.

The police officer and principal went searching for the student, located him in a hallway, and found he was carrying three firearms and additional ammunition, Stenberg said.

"It's nerve-wracking. You're always wondering what's going on and I just directed my staff to stay where they were until we knew," said Josh Garcia, the principal.

The three guns taken from the student were among seven weapons stolen Thursday morning from a state trooper's home, said Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County sheriff's office.

The weapons had been in a gun safe, but Troyer did not know if the safe was locked. He was not sure if any service revolvers were involved, but he said that was unlikely.

The student was arrested and taken to the Federal Way police station, police and school officials said.

Police recovered the four other weapons on Thursday night and arrested another Todd Beamer student, Federal Way police said. Police arrested the 16-year-old 11th grader at the Heights apartment in Federal Way.

Police said they were also searching for a third teenager from Pierce County.

Students at Todd Beamer were sent home after the lockdown was ended at 1:51 p.m., about 15 minutes before the normal end of the school day, Stenberg said.

About 100 miles southeast in Yakima, Davis High School was also locked down Thursday afternoon after a threatening note turned up in a boys' bathroom. School officials wouldn't comment on the note's contents, but administrators identified a student they believed wrote the note and turned him over to police.

School officials locked down the high school last week after another note was left in the boys' bathroom April 12. That note warned that a particular student had a gun and planned to use it, but an extended search of the building turned up no weapon.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy Monday in connection with the first incident.

In Lynnwood, north of Seattle, police on Thursday arrested a 16-year-old accused of making a bomb threat at Edmonds Community College earlier in the day. The boy is a student at the college and was arrested at his home.

Investigations Cmdr. Steve Rider said the boy made the threat so he wouldn't have to go to class.

Rider said the call mentioned the massacre at Virginia Tech. A college building was briefly closed, but was reopened after it was searched by bomb-sniffing dogs.
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