Sunnyside student arrested for bringing a firearm to middle school

Sunnyside

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — A middle school student in Yakima County was arrested on Thursday morning after faculty discovered a firearm in the child’s backpack.

According to an alert from the Sunnyside School District, the unnamed student was escorted to the office before entering Harrison Middle School’s campus on the morning of May 12, 2022. School faculty performed a safety search of the student’s backpack and discovered the firearm.

This student was brought into custody and arrested for the incident. Despite the severity of the situation, Sunnyside school district leaders have no reason to believe this incident was part of a wider threat to the school. Instead, they described it as a response to outstanding circumstances.

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School officials emphasized that this incident is considered contained with no active threat to students or staff at Harrison Middle School. The district has been in communication with the Sunnyside Police Department, which is providing ongoing support through the situation and its fallout.

In light of this incident, Sunnyside School District officials highlighted the importance of protecting students and keeping schools a safe, reliable environment to further education. They offered the following comments and recommendations in an online post:

We ask parents and guardians to speak with your children about the severe consequences that can come with threats of violence, real or fake, against a school or fellow students.
Open communication between home and school is critical to the safety and well-being of our students and your children. Our practice of See Something, Say Something, has never been more important than right now. Please encourage your students to speak up if they know something that affects the safety of our schools.

The school district has an anonymous tipline available for the school community to help keep students, teachers, staff and parents safe: Click here to visit the tipline.

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