Officers Take Handgun Away From Student At San Leandro High

The weapon, which was never brandished, was quietly confiscated in the front office Friday morning while the rest of the school was unaware.

A potentially dangerous situation was resolved quietly Friday when security officials at San Leandro High School took a loaded handgun away from a student who had not brandished the weapon publicly.

According to a press release from the San Leandro Police Department, the incident began at about 10:45 a.m. on Friday when an unidentified teacher called in campus security officers after a student refused to hand over a cell phone and became agitated during the discussion.

Campus security officials then escorted the student out of the classroom and to the Assistant Principal’s Office.

It was in that office that security officers noticed what appeared to be a knife clip in the student's pants pocket. Officers then searched the student and discovered a loaded handgun and what appeared to be a small amount of marijuana.

Campus security officials notified School Resource Officer Louie Brandt, who placed the juvenile under arrest. Police said a parent was notified and the student was taken to Juvenile Hall.

The incident was handled so quietly that other students lingering outside the high school on Friday afternoon had no idea anything was amiss.

The first hint of the incident surfaced when sources told Patch late Friday afternoon that a faculty meeting had been called after the school day ended to discuss the situation.

In their joint press release, San Leandro Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Cathey and Police Lieutenant Greg Lemmon said campus security officials had defused a potentially dangerous situation.

“The actions they took in this incident were swift and appropriate,” Lemmon said, praising the officers for “an excellent observation which led the recovery of a firearm on school grounds.”

Marga Lacabe September 10, 2011 at 02:36 AM
I think that is a question the SLPD really needs to answer for us. Is this an isolated incident? Or is it an indication of gang or more organized crime activity at SLHS? How do students get guns in the first place? And how does this relate to the trend of arrests of people carrying guns and pot in their cars?
Thomas Clarke September 10, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Given the outreach media efforts by Tony Farley, I guess the concealed carrying of firearms is common knowledge by the students and generally concealed from the those who are supposed to keep schools safe. Excellent article Tom, exactly the type of professionalism and journalism that Patch in the area has lacked. It is easy to see the experience and skill you have. Thanks for taking on the job. Marga, SLPD will never answer this for anyone. The arrest is for a juvenile. No one is presently calling for prosecution of the little darling for a felony. Perhaps the Trustees of the School District are privy to the levels of organized crime in SLHS. Students buy them from people who sell them after either stealing them in robberies or in states like Nevada and Arizona where the rules on gun sales are not as stringent as in California. Trying to find a trend based on facts from the police relating to klids is impossible, since the schools and police will not share the information if they deem it relevant to an ongoing investigation. In short the police decide what you need to know and you and I do not need to know this information.
Tom Abate September 10, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Thomas, thanks for your comments, but I think Jill did a tremendous job and my feeling is that I have big shoes to fill. Nevertheless, I hope to continue to please, and to emphasize that input from readers is the key to a strong site. So please continue to participate.
Tony Farley September 18, 2011 at 04:37 AM
Thanks for mentioning me Thomas. For your information, we will be doubling or even tripling our efforts this year in the Season of Service, Period of Peace. We need to see this crisis as a signal that our community needs to come together to face these issues and not just point the finger, as so many commenters here on Patch love to do. Everyone, if you are interested in seeing some of the great work our students do to combat violence, check out last year's Season of Service, Period of Peace: http://sanleandro.patch.com/search?keywords=season+of+service


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