Monday, January 10, 2011

Security Guards Take Gun from Berkeley High Student

By Doug Oakley
Staff Writer
Bay Area News Group East Bay

Berkeley High School security guards confiscated a handgun from a 15-year-old boy this morning and called Berkeley police to investigate the incident.
Principal Pasquale Scuderi, in a message to parents, said security officers learned the student had a gun from “multiple sources.” Berkeley High School will refer the student for expulsion as required by law, according to Scuderi’s statement.
A Berkeley police spokeswoman refused to comment on the incident, saying she was not authorized to speak about crime on school property.
School district spokesman Mark Coplan said he did not know whether the student was arrested by police, how the gun was confiscated from the student or where the student was when the gun was taken from him.
“I am pleased to say no one was hurt, and the firearm itself was safely and quietly turned over to law enforcement officials,” Scuderi said in the message to parents.
Scuderi told parents to remind their children that “if they ever hear or see a student with a weapon on campus that they should immediately contact an adult that they trust like a teacher, administrator or safety officer.”

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