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Three students arrested in stun gun incident

The incident took place in the Crook County High School parking lot


Three Prineville teens were arrested following a Tuesday afternoon stun gun incident at Crook County High School that resulted in injuries to one student.

Around 12:30 p.m., police officers were called to the school regarding the event. A subsequent investigation revealed that a female student had brought the stun gun to school in her vehicle. Around noon, several students had gathered around her car at which time a 16-year-old male student took the weapon and attempted to use it on another student.

The intended victim was able to run away, and the male who had taken the stun gun returned it to the vehicle. Another 16-year-old female student then took possession of the weapon and used it to shock the male student who had just returned it. The victim experienced pain and red marks, according to police reports.

Prineville Police Captain Michael Boyd said that the stun gun is not expensive or difficult to obtain.

“I am not aware of any special licensing to buy one in the state of Oregon,” he said.

Boyd went on to add that the weapon would not necessarily stand out as a dangerous item.

“This one looks very much like a medium to small-size flashlight — identical, except there are some metal prongs at the end of it next to the light part that when you push a special button, it is a stun gun.”

Crook County High School Principal Michelle Jonas issued a statement following the incident in which she stressed an ongoing commitment to student safety.

“We will continue to work with the Prineville police and appreciate their partnership,” she said.

The female who brought the weapon to school was arrested and changed with Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on School Property, a Class C felony. The 16-year-old male who attempted to use the stun gun on another student was also arrested for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, as well as Unlawful Use of a Stun Gun, a Class A misdemeanor. The 16-year-old female who successfully shocked the other student was charged with the same two crimes, and faces a third charge of Harassment, a Class B misdemeanor. All three students were cited and turned over to the Crook County Juvenile Department.

“It is in the same section as firearms,” Boyd said of the crimes and subsequent charges. He went on to point out that stun guns can cause burn injuries or make somebody fall down and injure their head.

“It is just not something to be trifled with. If you get caught, you are going to be in big trouble.”




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