Fresno Police looking for a teenager who brought a gun to school inside his backpack

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FRESNO, California.- Fresno Police are looking for a Cresent View West-Sunnyside Charter high school student who brought a gun to school on Tuesday.

Sgt. Mark VanWyhe said school was placed on full lockdown after a teacher found a gun in a student’s backpack.

This happened after a classroom argument led to four teenage boys fighting outside of the school. When the teacher told the boys they needed to leave, one of them insisted on going back to get his backpack. The teacher told the student he wasn’t allowed back in the school but that she would grab it for him.

When she picked it up she noticed it weighed more than usual.

“When she grabbed the backpack,” said VanWyhe. “It felt heavy to her. It accidentally fell out of her hand, and when it hit the ground she thought it was kinda odd it was so heavy.”

When the bag hit the ground she also heard the sound of metal, prompting her to check what was inside. To her suprise, there was an old-style handgun. It was not loaded but was next to several rounds of ammunition. Immediately, the teacher locked the doors and called 911.

VanWyhe said when officers arrived at the scene, they were on high alert due to the recent shootings.

“We are on a little more edge,” said VanWyhe. “And we are here to do the job that we do and make them feel comfortable and make them feel safe.”

The gun was never fired and no one was injured. It is not clear why the fight started or why the student brought the gun to the school’s campus in the first place.

“The safety of our students and staff is our paramount concern,” said the Area Superintendent Shellie Hanes in a written statement. “We closed school for the remainder of the day today. Regular school hours will resume tomorrow morning.”

VanWyhe said it is a criminal offense to bring a gun on school property and the boy could face criminal charges once they locate him.

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