MW student arrested for bringing gun to school
June 12, 2008 · Updated 12:45 PM
A 13-year-old Marcus Whitman Junior High School student was arrested this week for allegedly having a gun at school, according to the Kitsap County Sheriffs Office.
According to the incident report, the suspect told deputies a 13-year-old student of Mountain View Middle School in Bremerton had actually brought the weapon which was later revealed to be a BB gun on campus Monday.
He said another student had been calling the Bremerton teen a punk, and that his friend had pointed the gun at him and said, Whos a punk now?
He then told deputies the Bremerton teen put the gun in his backpack, and that it was still there when his mother picked him up from school. He said he had planned to meet his friend after school, and he intended to give him the gun back.
He was then arrested for possessing a weapon on school grounds, and booked in the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center (KCJDC).
Deputies then spoke to the Bremerton teen, who had been seen near Marcus Whitman on Monday by both school staff and law enforcement. The teen admitted to bringing the gun to the school and pointing it at people, but said he was just playing around.
He said there were no BBs or air cartridges in the gun and he denied making any threats to other students.
He told deputies his grandmother had just purchased the gun for him, and had not wanted to at first, but he said he had promised her he would be responsible.
He was then arrested for first-degree assault and for bringing a weapon on school grounds, and was also booked into KCJDC.
According to the incident report, school officials first learned of a weapon being brought on campus when another student came home and told one of his parents that he had been threatened with a gun.
The parent then called the administration office.
On Wednesday, a letter from the school principal was sent home with students to inform parents of the incident.