Student brought rifle to school to sell it, police say

Student brought rifle to school to sell it, police say
Police cars near Evergreen High School Wednesday morning. (Photo sent by twitter user @ToniAnneMachala)

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A 16-year-old student at Evergreen High School in Vancouver brought a rifle/shotgun combination to school on Wednesday with the intention of selling it to another student, a Vancouver police spokeswoman said.

Instead, a teacher found the weapon, notified administrators and the school was put in lockdown.

Officers said the student hid the Rossi 410 gauge/.22 caliber rifle combination in a nylon case then left it under a table in a classroom. The barrels had been removed from the gun.

A teacher saw the case and opened it up to find the rifle and ammunition inside, police said. The teacher told administrators, who in turn called police.

Officers interviewed the student and arrested him on several gun charges. He was taken to the Clark County juvenile detention facility.

Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said there were never any threats of violence. Members of the SWAT team searched the school before the lockdown was eventually lifted.

Student Melique Journet said he was in choir class when an announcement came over the intercom that students needed to stay in their classrooms, turn off the lights and be silent.

Journet said school administrators told them somebody found a rifle in a classroom but that everyone was now safe and that they had the gun.

Several nearby schools were also put in lockdown as a precaution.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A lockdown of Evergreen High School in Vancouver was lifted on Wednesday morning at about 11 a.m., hours after a teacher found a rifle in the school.
 

Students are being released from school early; buses will run normal routes and walkers are allowed to leave school. Students drivers are being escorted by security.

Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said there were no reports of injuries. A teacher found the rifle and ammo and immediately called police, she said. It's not clear where the teacher found the gun.

Parents trying to reach their students should go to the Evergreen Transit Center, police said.

Student Melique Journet said he was in choir class when an announcement came over the intercom that students needed to stay in their classrooms, turn off the lights and be silent.

Journet said school administrators told them somebody found a rifle in a classroom but that everyone was now safe and that they had the gun.

This story will be updated