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Franklin high school students arrested on gun charges

Two Franklin High School students were arrested on gun charges on Tuesday.

Police recovered a loaded handgun from one of the students. It had allegedly been brought to school to settle a drug debt.

The names of the two students were not released because of their ages — 14 and 15.

According to police, at 12:01 p.m. on Jan, 21, Youth Services Division officers responded to Franklin High School to investigate the report that a student was seen with a handgun at an off-campus location over lunch.

The officers arrived and spoke with staff who said they had received a report that some students were off-campus for lunch at the Burger King location at Southeast Foster Road and Powell Boulevard, and that one student displayed a handgun to the group.

Officers learned the identities of the students involved and contacted them in school. A loaded handgun was recovered from one a pocket of one of the students.

During the investigation, officers learned that two 14-year-old male students had a dispute over a previous drug transaction and that one of the students stole his parents' handgun Tuesday morning. He brought it to school to demand his money be returned from the alleged drug seller.

A 15-year-old associate of the 14-year-old who brought the gun to school obtained the gun after the incident at Burger King and placed it into his pocket. Another student who was aware of the situation immediately alerted school staff.

The 14-year-old who brought the gun to school and the 15-year-old who later possessed the gun were both arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and lodged at Multnomah County's Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home.