12-year-old Willard Elementary student with firearm arrested

Cpl. Nick Briggs, PIO

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 4:49 p.m.

On 03-09-22 around 11am, school officials received information a student at Willard Elementary was in possession of a firearm at the school. Staff subsequently discovered a loaded revolver in the 12-year-old’s backpack.

SPD responded, and the student was transported to juvenile detention for the charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of dangerous weapons on school grounds.

At this point it does not appear any students were threatened with the firearm, nor is there a definitive motive for the student’s conduct.

Under the possession of dangerous weapons on school facilities statute (RCW 9.41.280) a person arrested for bringing a firearm onto school grounds cannot be released within seventy-two hours unless they have been evaluated by a designated crisis responder (courts are granted exceptions under certain circumstances).

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