The Bainbridge Island schools superintendent said Sunday that the investigation shows a student who took guns to school Friday reportedly did not intend to threaten anyone.
“Nevertheless, it is frightening to hear about guns on campus,” Peter Bang-Knudsen’s letter on the district website says.
The BI police department was advised just before 11 a.m. Friday of a juvenile who had reportedly taken two handguns from his home. Police responded to Bainbridge High and the surrounding area to locate the student.
The student had traveled to school by bus and was on campus between 8:22 and 8:46 a.m., but he was not found on campus at the time the incident was reported. The student was located off-campus by a family member who brought him to police at 11:20 a.m. The handguns and ammunition were recovered.
The 16-year-old was taken to the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Facility for charges of unlawful possession of firearms and theft of firearms. Anyone with more information is requested to contact Sgt. Gary Koon at 206-842-5211.
In his letter to the community, Bang-Knudsen says the incident was resolved quickly thanks to police, BHS administrators, BISD staff and the student’s family. “Their swift action led to the situation resolving in a matter of minutes and reiterates the importance of alerting officials when you learn of a concern,” the letter says.
The student, as a juvenile, is not being named, but the schools chief says the student will not return to school this year. “We want to assure you the community is safe,” Bang-Knudsen says in the letter. “As distressing as this email is, Friday’s incident illustrates that BISD is fortunate to have a strong community and a solid partnership with others.”