Three Clackamas High School students taken into custody
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office took three Clackamas High School students into custody without incident while recovering a C02-powered, realistic-looking pistol.
The replica weapon came to the attention of school officials late in the morning on Sept. 16 when a student reported to a staff member at CHS that they had seen a social media post that showed an unknown student holding what appeared to be a firearm in a school restroom.
Within minutes, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.
CCSO told KOIN 6 News that they worked with school officials to find two students allegedly in the Snapchat video, who were then detained — however, the school was put on lockdown once deputies learned of a third student believed to be involved.
Administrators contacted police and worked to assess the situation and initiated emergency protocols, which included placing the school in lockdown due to the possible threat within the building. No one was injured, and the lockdown ended within an hour after it began.
"We want to thank the student who reported this to a staff member and allowed us to quickly respond and ensure students' safety," wrote North Clackamas School District spokesperson Seth Gordon in a letter to families.
Gordon's letter continued:
"When a school is in lockdown, law enforcement and school staff are completely focused on keeping students safe, so they are unable to respond to parents. Even following the lockdown, school staff are focused on supporting students, so we appreciate your patience and understanding while we follow our safety protocols.
"Due to the proximity, Rock Creek Middle School was placed in a 'secure' protocol, meaning outside doors were locked and classes inside proceeded as normal. No other schools were directly affected by the situation.
"The safety of students and staff is our top priority, and we are also committed to keeping families informed in a timely manner during emergency situations. Staff worked this afternoon to help students debrief this event and are providing counseling support as needed. For more information on the district's safety protocols, please visit our website.
"Thanks to the cooperation between the CHS administration and law enforcement, today's event ended without incident, all students and staff members are safe, and outside activities have resumed.
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