Two Paly students arrested for bringing weapons onto campus
by Allison Cowie and Jack Shapiro
Published February 13, 2013
Police arrested two Palo Alto High School students for bringing weapons onto campus within the past week, according to a report released by the Palo Alto Police Department.
No one was hurt in either of the two separate incidences, which appear to be isolated and unrelated. Police arrested the suspects for the misdemeanor charge of the possession of illegal weapons on school grounds; Paly’s administrative team also took immediate steps to discipline the students. According to the PAPD, there is “no indication whatsoever” as to that the students had been planning any kind of mass attack on the school.
Police were alerted to a report of a student’s possession of a stun gun on campus last Friday. According to the press release, the student had been involved in an off-campus purchasing of marijuana and attempted to use the stun gun against the victim student.
The victim, who got away unharmed, “returned to campus and notified school administrators immediately,” the release said. “Administrators quickly located the suspect, escorted the suspect to the office and notified police and the suspect’s parents. Police recovered a commercially-sold stun gun device from the suspect’s backpack.”
A second arrest was made Monday around 11:45 a.m. when police heard reports of a student in possession of a “makeshift weapon.” The suspect, who allegedly had shown off his weapon to surrounding students, was escorted by police to Paly’s Main Office. Police recovered the weapon, a homemade gun capable of firing only rubber corks. The suspect told police officers that he “had accidentally left the weapon in their backpack after playing with it over the weekend,” according to the release.
Principal Phil Winston said he was proud of the students who alerted the authorities for their immediate response to the incidents.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the upstanding students that came and brought some of this stuff to our attention,” he said. “We’re a community, we have to look out for each other, and that’s exactly what happened.”