A Juneau Police Department vehicle parks in front of Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalè in early September. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Police: Student arrested after firearm seized at JDHS

The student has been taken to the Johnson Youth Center.

This story has been updated to include new information.

A student who reportedly had a firearm at Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé has been arrested and was taken to the Johnson Youth Center Thursday evening, Juneau Police Department spokesperson Lt. Krag Campbell told the Empire.

On Thursday morning JDHS staff reported to police a 15-year-old boy was in possession of a firearm on the JDHS campus, which prompted JPD to respond to the school and start an investigation, according to a JPD information release.

JDHS staff who received the initial report about a possible firearm located the student and confirmed that there was a weapon in the student’s backpack.

Police said the student was cooperative and the district initially cooperated with the Johnson Youth Center to implement a “safety plan” for the student. However, the student was later student arrested on the charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons, a class A misdemeanor. Police did not identify the student.

The district made notifications to families regarding the report and investigation, and law enforcement presence was increased. However, police stated there was no disruption to the school day.

Kristin Bartlett, chief of staff for Juneau School District, did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment. Superintendent Bridget Weiss told the Empire she was unavailable for comment.

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651)-528-1807. Follow her on Twitter at @clariselarson.

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