Sacto 9-1-1
September 8, 2011
Police: American Legion student arrested for having loaded gun on campus

Sacramento police arrested a 17-year-old boy this afternoon after he brought a loaded handgun on to the American Legion High School campus, according to authorities.

The handgun was spotted in the boy's waistband and later confiscated, said police Sgt. Andrew Pettit. Nobody was injured.

The incident began when a school administrator tried to break up a group of teens loitering on campus, Pettit said. When one student "mouthed off" to the administrator, the administrator ordered him to the office, the sergeant said.

The student instead started walking away, and that's when the administrator saw the gun's handle in the student's waistband. The administrator brought the student back to the office, where a School Resource Officer met them, confiscated the gun and arrested the student, Pettit said.

The student's name was not released because he is a juvenile.

American Legion is a continuation school located in Oak Park and run by the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Gabe Ross, spokesman for Sacramento City Unified, said the district "will not tolerate any behavior that endangers students or staff."

"As a result of our partnership with the Sacramento Police Department, we were able to identify a potential threat at American Legion High School and resolve it swiftly and without incident," Ross wrote in a statement. "The school quickly alerted American Legion families of the incident and assured them that all students were safe."

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