Dec 11, 2015
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Richmond High School was placed on lock down Thursday morning after a student was reported to have brought what looked like a real handgun onto campus.

A Richmond police school resource officer received credible information about 10:11 a.m. that the student was armed and called for more officers to assist, police Lt. Felix Tan said. The school was immediately placed on lock down while officers looked up the student’s class schedule.

The officers located the student in the gymnasium, searched his backpack and found what looked to be a Heckler & Koch (HK) USP .45 caliber pistol, Tan said. The gun, however, was actually a BB gun that looked very real, Tan said.

The student, who was on probation, was arrested.

“The department is relieved that nobody was hurt at the conclusion of this event,” Tan said. “The pistol looks identical to the real gun. We are also proud of our officers’ coordination and efforts to keep the kids at the school safe, while restoring order.”

The weapon the student possessed look similar to this photo provided by RPD:




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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.