Student brings handgun to Hazen High School

January 7, 2011

By Staff

A 16-year-old Hazen High School sophomore brought a handgun to school Dec. 6. He was arrested and expelled, but stated that he did not intend to use the gun at school.

“We worked with Renton Police and have been assured that there is no reason to believe the boy and the presence of the gun poses a greater danger to students and staff at Hazen,” Principal John Kniseley wrote in an e-mail to parents after the incident.

“Questioning the boy revealed no plot or uncovered any other students conspiring to do harm to others at the school.”

School officials were notified of the situation when another Hazen student told a security officer that a classmate was rumored to be carrying a gun.

Kniseley and the school security officer removed the student in possession of the gun from class, and after discovering the gun, they called police.

The student told police and school officials the gun was not his and that he was holding it for somebody else who was not a student at Hazen.

“We are fortunate that the student who had heard rumor of the gun came forward to report it,” Kniseley wrote to parents. “Such action is extremely courageous and should be a model for all students.”

By state law, the expelled student cannot return to Hazen High School.

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