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Ballard High School on lockdown, police arrest student, searching for weapons

Update: The lockdown is over and students were sent home while police continue to search for the gun.

Update: From SPD Blotter:

Update: Police escorted students to the high school’s gymnasium as officers searched the campus to ensure the suspect had not hidden a firearm someone in the building. SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole and BHS Principal Keven Wynkoop met with students (pictured below) to discuss the day’s events and reassure them that police were conducting a search as a precautionary measure.


Earlier: Seattle Police arrested a teen today after reports the student brought a firearm to school. According to a friend whose son is texting her updates, the students were evacuated to the gym and are waiting to be led outside, while SWAT team members search the school for a weapon.

From the SPD Blotter:

Seattle police and school officials are investigating after a student was reportedly seen with a firearm Thursday at Ballard High School.

Officers and a SWAT team responded to the school and quickly located the student off campus. Officers took the teenage male into custody, but were not immediately able to locate a firearm.

Out of an abundance of caution, police have evacuated the school and are searching the campus to ensure the safety of students and faculty.

Our sister site, MyBallard, has continuous updates.