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Teen arrested after having gun at Verrado High School in Buckeye

Posted at 10:02 AM, Mar 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 07:14:13-04

BUCKEYE, AZ — A lockdown has been lifted at a Valley high school after a student took a gun to school.

At about 8 a.m., officers were called to Verrado High School after reports that a student had a weapon on campus, according to the Buckeye Police Department.

School staff initiated security protocols and alerted police.

A short time later, a Student Resource Officer stopped a student believed to have the gun but he ran away. When the officer caught up with him it was determined he was not armed.

As the SRO was speaking with that student, school staff was alerted to a different student who did have a gun.

At that moment two school staffers made contact with the student and got into a struggle. The staffers were able to disarm the student who police say is 15-years-old who was arrested.

The teen's name has not been released and any possible charges have not yet been announced.

Nobody was hurt during the incident.

Investigators are working to learn why the teen took a gun to school and how he got it.

The Buckeye Police Department Crisis Response Team responded to assist school staff as needed.

The Agua Fria Union High School District dismissed students for the day and will have counselors on campus available to students and staff.

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