GRESHAM, Ore. Dec 7 2016-- Police said a student brought two handguns and ammunition to Sam Barlow High School, and was discovered on the roof of the school during a dance Saturday night.
Police said students arriving for the winter dance noticed a person dressed in dark clothing on the roof and alerted staff. A school resource officer confronted the person on the roof and determined it was a male student.
Gresham police said the student was cooperative and told the officer he was there to provide security to keep students safe at the dance. Police say while he did not express a plan to hurt anyone, he was arrested and charged with multiple weapon possession charges.
Police released information about the incident late Monday as a letter to parents was sent by the Sam Barlow principal. Some parents expressed concern to KGW, that the information was released two days after incident.
Police said they believe it was an isolated incident, but ask anyone with knowledge about it to call Gresham police.
Here is the letter sent to Barlow families, by the school principal:
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members,
As you know, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. You also know that we continually plan and practice for emergency situations so we are ready in the event of a real emergency.
Due to our preparations, and some observant students, on the evening of December 3 we were alerted that there was a student on the roof of the school as the winter Snowball Dance was beginning.
School Resource Officer Jeff Culp was notified, investigated, and removed the student from the roof. Police say the student was cooperative and said he was there in a security capacity to ensure the safety of the students attending the dance. During the investigation, Officer Culp discovered the student had two unloaded handguns and handgun ammunition. Police tell us while the student did not express a plan to hurt anyone, he was arrested on multiple weapon possession charges.
Because there was no indication that there was anyone else involved, Gresham police determined it was safe to allow the dance to continue.
The police believe this was an isolated case. But they are asking that anyone who has information related to this incident or any other possible incident to call Officer Jeff Culp at 503-258-4864.