Teen arrested for rifle at Vancouver school

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by KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 5:34 PM

VANCOUVER – A Vancouver student from Evergreen High School was arrested Wednesday for allegedly bringing a rifle to school Wednesday and trying to sell it, police said.

The weapon was disassembled and was in a rifle case with a box of ammunition when a teacher found it. The student had planned to sell it, according to Commander Dave King of the Vancouver Police Department.

Police were called to the school at around 8:30 a.m.

"There were about 35 to 40 Vancouver police, SWAT officers and Clark County deputies," King said. He added that the heavy presence was due to "what happened in Clackamas yesterday, and because it’s a school."

Police interviewed the 16-year-old student and he was taken into custody. He was charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and two misdemeanors, King said.

Four Vancouver schools were temporarily placed in lockdown during the investigation, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. Nearby Burton Elementary School, Cascade Middle School and Legacy High School were all locked down.

Early release had already been scheduled for Wednesday, Carol Fenstermacher of the Evergreen School District announced. Students were all able to go home by noon, as planned. School was expected to resume Thursday.

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KGW Reporter Jacqueline Sit contributed to this report.

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