Students arrested in separate weapons investigations at Benny Benson Alternative High School

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Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 2:56 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Last Friday, a student was arrested after Anchorage police said they brought a pellet gun on school grounds at Benny Benson Alternative High School. On Wednesday, Anchorage police said another student was arrested for bringing a handgun to the same school.

In the first case, a school resource officer assigned to the high school was notified that a student had a weapon on school grounds, according to a public alert from the Anchorage Police Department.

The student had been escorted to the school office “due to smelling strongly of marijuana,” the alert states. When the student’s backpack was searched, the pellet gun was found along with marijuana.

In the second case, a school resource officer was told that staff “saw alcohol, sitting in plan sight” inside of a vehicle parked on school grounds. Marijuana, alcohol and the handgun were found when the vehicle was searched, according to another public alert from police.

In both cases, the parents of the students were notified and charges were forwarded to the Division of Juvenile Justice. Police said there was no evidence in either case that the students used the weapons to make threats.

Correction: This story has been updated to use the correct title for school resource officers.

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