[UPDATE] Hoopa Schools Went Into Lock Down Today After Student Brought BB Gun
A little after 11 a.m., Hoopa Schools were all put on lockdown. Jon Ray, Superintendent of Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District, explained that at the high school, a “student thought they saw another student with a gun.” The student, he said, reported this to a teacher who in turn reported to an administrator. The schools in the area then went into lockdown.
A lockdown triggers basic responses. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, Hoopa Tribal officers and the school resource officer all responded. All students and staff were required to remain in whatever building they were. All doors were locked and window blinds were drawn. Everyone was required to stay quiet.
Meanwhile, the student who was accused of having a gun was located. The student eventually admitted to possessing a BB gun and the gun was located.
Ray said the schools were in lockdown “close to an hour.”
According to this site on California law, because a BB gun is considered a replica of a firearm, the student could be suspended or expelled.
UPDATE from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On Thursday, May 26, at about 11:10 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call from the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s School Resource Officer (SRO) requesting assistance for the report of a student with a handgun at Hoopa Valley High School. It was reported the 14 year old juvenile suspect fled off campus after being chased by the SRO.
The schools in the area were put on lockdown. Officers searched the area and were able to detain the juvenile and later located the handgun. The handgun was determined to be a BB gun. This incident will be handled by Hoopa Valley Tribal Court.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.