Student arrested after bringing gun to Thomas Jefferson High School

Student arrested after bringing gun to Thomas Jefferson High School

Police believe the student discarded the handgun during or at the end of a fight with another student and retrieved it again later in the day.

A 15-year-old Thomas Jefferson High School student was arrested Thursday after bringing a gun onto campus during an altercation with another student on Wednesday.

The student, who had been expelled from school, returned to campus on Wednesday with the intent of starting a fight with another student, stated Cmdr. Kurt Schwan with the Federal Way Police Department.

The altercation, which occurred near the music building, was broken up by school staff, security and the school resource officer. Schwan noted the student was not armed at the conclusion of the fight.

“A pat down was conducted by the [school resources officer],” Schwan stated. “The fact that the suspect was armed was not disclosed to the officer until the following day.”

The officer received reports on Thursday that the expelled student had been armed with a handgun at the time of the incident, Schwan stated.

“It is believed he discarded the weapon during or at the conclusion of the altercation and retrieved it again later in the day,” Schwan stated.

Officers went to the 15-year-old student’s home and arrested him for possession of a firearm. He was booked into King County Juvenile Detention.

Thomas Jefferson principal Adrienne Chacon notified the school’s parents and families about the incident in an email on Thursday afternoon.

“As you know, safety is a top priority at our school. We have effective staff and systems in place every day to make our school a safe place to learn,” Chacon stated. “The purpose of this letter is to let you know it was reported to school administration that a student may have been in possession of a weapon on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

“Once school administration was made aware, we immediately reported to the Federal Way Police Department, and they are investigating.”

Chacon stated in her message that Federal Way Public Schools has a strict policy regarding weapons, which are not allowed on school campuses. Any student in possession of a weapon will be disciplined in accordance with policy.

She continued: “Safety is a shared responsibility. In addition to the strong system we have in place to address misbehaviors and administer appropriate consequences, we would like to ask our parents and families to reinforce our high expectations for appropriate student behavior and keeping our campus safe.”

Chacon asked families and students who hear or see anything that makes them concerned for anyone’s safety to call or text the Safe Schools Tip-Line at 253-945-SAFE (7233), or contact the school at 253-945-5600.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

File photo
Serial slapper returns, sexually assaults two women in Federal Way | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log April 28 to May 4.

(Pxfuel)
Federal Way approves $3 hazard pay raise for grocery store workers

The city ordinance was passed with a 5-2 council vote on May 4.

Courtesy photo
Police search for suspect in fatal shooting of 8-year-old Federal Way girl

The girl’s father was initially arrested by police, but further investigation has revealed a new suspect.

Governor Jay Inslee. Sound Publishing file photo
New laws will tax the rich, offer aid to low-income workers

Inslee signs bill creating capital gains tax; foes are challenging it in court as unconstitutional.

U.S. Department of Justice. Courtesy image
Federal Way man sentenced to 5 years in prison after gun, drug trafficking

The 35-year-old man sold four firearms — two of which were stolen — to undercover federal agents.

Washington state case count since March 2020. WA Governor's Office
Pandemic pause: King County remains in Phase 3

No Washington state counties will be rolling back their phase under the… Continue reading

File photo
Two men found with gunshot wounds in Federal Way and Kent

Police believe the victims were involved in the same shooting.

Police lights
Man stabbed multiple times at Federal Way motel

Suspect was not located, police said.

Most Read