A 16-year-old girl brought a loaded gun to school Friday for “personal protection”, Clovis police say.
At around 11:15 a.m., police were notified the gun was brought to a Clovis Unified continuation school, Gateway High School, on Herndon Avenue between Fowler and Sunnyside avenues.
Clovis Police Department Sgt. Jim Munro says the gun was found in the backpack of the student after another student from different Clovis Unified school tipped the district’s police department.
She was arrested, Munro says, adding that a 15-year old male student was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy in the incident.
There were rumors of a physical altercation that was going to take place after school in Fresno, Munro says, and the female told officers she needed the gun for “personal protection.”
Both students are detained and will be held at the Fresno County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Clovis Unified School District (CUSD) released a statement regarding the incident Friday afternoon.
In a news release, CUSD spokesperson Kelly Avants says the Gateway High School administration team worked with district officers and Clovis Police Department officers to investigate reports a student brought a gun on campus.
“The investigation by law enforcement has found no evidence that the student intended to use the weapon on campus or against any Gateway student or staff member,” Avants says.
She says the female student is cooperating fully with officers during the investigation.
A juvenile girl allegedly brought a gun to school Friday, Clovis police say.
The gun was brought to continuation school, Gateway High School, on Herndon Avenue between Fowler and Sunnyside avenues.
She was arrested, police confirm.
Clovis police officers are on the scene investigating the incident.
This is a developing story.