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Subject: High School Student Detained on Assault Charges
Date: 2023-11-14
From: Erann Kalwara - JPD PIO
Case or Incident: #2023-11140040

On November 14, 2023 at around 12:40 p.m., staff from Thunder Mountain High School notified the Juneau Police Department (JPD) that a student had a weapon at the school. The principal had immediately contacted the student, isolated him from others and the weapon was safely secured.

Four JPD officers responded and investigated the event. It was determined that a 15 year-old male student had stolen a BB style handgun out of a vehicle and walked into school with it. The male was placed into custody and was transported to and detained at the Johnson Youth Center on two counts of Assault in the fourth degree, one count of Disorderly Conduct, one count of Criminal Trespass in the second degree and one count of Theft in the fourth degree.

Prompt reporting and quick action helped resolve the situation today with minimal disruption. Because school staff were able to immediately locate the student and secure the weapon, it was not necessary to take emergency action, such as implement a school lockdown.

JPD and the Juneau School District take these matters very seriously and we appreciate it when students, parents, staff and community members bring safety issues to our attention.

All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.