Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fake Gun Scare Closes Berkeley High Briefly Monday

By Doug Oakley
Staff Writer
Berkeley High School officials closed the campus Monday afternoon when a 17-year-old boy police were chasing in the park across the street tossed what appeared to be a handgun under a parked car.
The gun turned out to be a fake. Berkeley High Principal Pasquale Scuderi, in a note to parents, said "we temporarily closed our perimeter, restricting any entry to the campus for approximately five minutes. We did not activate a full campus lockdown as the incident appeared to be well contained by officers on the scene ..."
Berkeley police said a bicycle officer had observed a drug deal between two teenagers in the park. When he approached the two and told them to sit down, the 17-year old took off running and tossed the fake gun. Police chased him and arrested him. He is not a Berkeley High student.
The other teenager, a 15-year-old female Berkeley High student who was attempting to buy marijuana from the boy, also was arrested, police say.
Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley

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