E-W principal told students to stay in classrooms

Student arrested for having a handgun in class


Last updated 10/6/2022 at 10:43am

A 15-year-old boy armed with a handgun was arrested at Edmonds-Woodway High School on Thursday, thanks to a tip from a student.

The student was in a classroom, according to Edmonds police.

There were no injuries and a temporary lockdown has been lifted, police said.

Edmonds-Woodway principal Allison Larsen sent the following letter to E-W families:

You received a message a short time ago that all students and staff are safe after a weapon was found on campus this afternoon. I want to provide you with more information about this incident.

Just after 1 p.m. a staff member alerted me that a student reported that another student had a weapon. I immediately called 911. While I was on the phone with 911, police were arriving at our campus.

Working with administrators and supervision staff, police quickly developed a plan to contact the student in the classroom. Moments before police entered the classroom, at the direction of police, I made an announcement over the intercom asking staff to please hold all students in their classrooms.

As soon as I finished the announcement, six police officers entered the classroom and detained the student without incident. A loaded handgun was recovered from their person. The student was taken into police custody.

A few of the officers stayed behind and spoke with the students in the classroom, explaining what had just happened and answering questions. One of our school counselors also went to the classroom to support students.

We are very grateful no one was hurt in this incident. Tomorrow, our counselors will be available for students and police will provide additional presence on campus.

Our school safety system works best when people who see something say something, which is how we were alerted in this instance. Please talk with your students about the seriousness of weapons, both on and off campus, and support us in continuing to emphasize the importance of reporting safety concerns.

Safe SchoolsL How to report an incident:

• Phone: 425-551-7393

• Text: 425-551-7393

• Email: [email protected]

• Web: http://1480.alert1.us

• App: Available on Google Play and IOS. Use school code # 1480 when prompted.


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