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Interim Sheriff Cole-Tindall



If it wasn’t for the quick action of a School Resource Officer to further investigate claims of a student having a gun at school, a shooting may have occurred. Burien, WA


Earlier today, Highline Public School security alerted a King County deputy school resource officer (SRO) about a social media photo being circulated of a student holding a gun on Snapchat.  Security searched the student but he did not have a gun.  The student admitted he was the one holding the gun on Snapchat but he didn’t have it anymore. 

One of King County’s SROs, Deputy Anderson, went to the student’s listed home address to attempt to locate the gun.  He arrived and spoke with the student’s grandpa.  The grandpa checked his guns and found one of his guns had been stolen.  Deputy Anderson showed the grandpa the picture of his grandson’s hand holding the gun on Snapchat and the grandpa identified the gun as his. 

Deputy Anderson learned that another student now had the gun.  Deputy Anderson went to New Start High School in Burien.  Assisted by school security, they had the 15 year-old student come to the office.  The student was searched and Deputy Anderson located a loaded handgun in his waistband.  The 15 year-old suspect was booked into the Youth Service Center on felony charges.