Southridge High School student in custody for bringing gun to campus


KENNEWICK, Wash. — School leaders and law enforcement quickly brought a 16-year-old Southridge High School student into custody on Tuesday morning when they learned that he brought a firearm to campus.

According to the Kennewick Police Department, Southridge High administration learned about a potential firearm on campus around 11:15 a.m. PST on Sept. 13, 2022. Along with the school resource officer and school security, Southridge staff identified and made contact with the student, whose identity is being withheld because he is a minor.

The student was isolated and his belongings were searched. Their suspicions were confirmed, and the student was transported to the Benton-Franklin County Juvenile Justice Center. He was booked for an unspecified firearms charge, Kennewick police say.

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The following statement was offered by Kennewick Police officials:

We are thankful for our partnership with the Kennewick School District and for the student who provided the initial report to school staff allowing the SRO and security staff to move quickly and resolve the situation. This is a great example of “If you see something, say something”. Without the courage of this student, this situation may not have been resolved so quickly and without harm.

A lockdown was not initiated because those involved did not assess any present danger or harm to the school community before their opportunity to contact the suspect.

This is a developing story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed.


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