Non-Armstrong student taken into custody after gun found in backpack, high school says

Updated: October 30, 2019 09:13 AM

A 15-year-old found with a gun inside Robbinsdale Armstrong High School Monday has now been charged.

A letter sent to parents said several students reported a non-Armstrong student in the building and staff then brought the individual to the office.

The district isn't saying how long the student was in the building, or how he got inside, but some students say he was in there for hours.

"My daughter had seen him walk into school at 7:20 a.m., and they didn't catch him until five hours later," said one parent who did not want to be identified.

After speaking with the individual and searching their backpack, "an inoperable firearm was found and subsequently secured," the letter said.

Plymouth police say the gun was missing a piece and not able to fire. When asked if that piece was a bullet or magazine, the officer did not comment, only stating investigators are searching for the missing piece. The school said no students were physically harmed, and police are investigating the incident, but parents are upset.

"Both of my kids are very nervous about it, they couldn't sleep last night, they are both home with stomach aches today," said a parent.

Parents tell KSTP in addition to finding a non-student in the building with a weapon, the communication system wasn't working in the building.

"If there was a real emergency at school, how do they broadcast that and make sure lockdowns are happening and that the right communication is happening," questioned another parent.

KSTP has learned work is being done to fix the building's communication system, and a contingency plan is in place until it is repaired. The district says additional staff members are also walking the hallways serving as security, and more walkie talkies have been handed out to staff.

Parents say this is the second security incident in a week at Armstrong. Last Tuesday, an email was sent home to families about a threat between students that turned out not to be credible.

District staff did not return repeated phone calls Tuesday to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, only stating via email they have no additional information to share.

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