SWEET HOME, Ore. – A high school student who was taken into custody Tuesday for bringing a loaded handgun to school expressed an intention to shoot one of his classmates, Sweet Home police said.
Students at Sweet Home High School and one of their parents told KEZI the gun fell out of his backpack and that's when his classmates noticed it. They notified the teacher and then the suspect fled the classroom. He was pulled into another room by a teacher where he was arrested by police.
The school was on lockdown from 9 to 10 a.m. as police searched the campus for any other potential threats. The junior high was under a lockout as a precaution.
The teen faces charges of possession of a firearm in a public building, unlawful possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. Police said he was to be taken to the Linn-Benton Juvenile Detention Center.
Police said added security is in place throughout the week. Superintendent Tom Yahraes said every community, no matter how big or small, needs to prepare for an active shooter situation.
"It’s a sad and somber day," Yahraes said. "What we often read about and see elsewhere on the news hit close to home. We hope the student gets the care they need."
The district thanked police for their swift response and said student safety is their top concern.