Student arrested following lockdown at high school in Tucson

Student arrested following lockdown at high school in Tucson
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A student was arrested during a lockdown at Santa Rita High in Tucson Wednesday, Aug. 7, according to city police.

The Tucson Police Department said the incident began around 9 a.m. when the school received a message that claimed two students may have weapons or contraband on them.

The lockdown began around 11:15 a.m. and was lifted less than an hour later. The Tucson Unified School District said it was a soft lockdown and all the students were safe in their classrooms.

TUSD released the following statement:

"Tucson Unified School District would like to inform our community about a safety situation that occurred at Santa Rita High School today.

We want to express how helpful and crucial the anonymous tip the school received was in order to maintain the safety of all students and staff.

The information received indicated a student had a weapon in his backpack.

School staff asked the student about the allegation and searched the backpack he was carrying. Two other students were called to the office, their belongings, including backpacks were searched and no weapon was found nor did they know about the allegations.

TUSD School Safety called for a soft lockdown of the campus. Tucson Police and TUSD School Safety were at the school and searched the premises. During the search, a backpack was located and a weapon was found inside along with drug paraphernalia.

Tucson Police arrested the student and the district will follow all discipline protocols including expulsion. No other arrests were made and no other students were involved.

During this situation all students remained safe in their classrooms and classes were not interrupted.

Tucson Unified School District wants the community to know that school safety continues to be the number one priority along with students education.

Unfortunately, gun violence is a reality and the district will enforce all safety measures and disciplinary actions to ensure that all students and staff maintain a maximum level of security while in our schools.

Tucson Unified School District would like to thank Tucson Police Department for their immediate response and for giving this situation a high priority.

Parents, guardians and community please encourage all students to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately."

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