Quick action on the part of a witness and a police officer may have averted a real tragedy at Franklin high school yesterday. From the Seattle Times:
A 14-year-old Franklin High School student was arrested yesterday after he brought a BB pistol to school, Seattle police said.
Just after 9 a.m., a witness flagged down a Seattle police officer in the 3000 block of Mount Baker Boulevard and told the officer he just saw a young boy brandish what appeared to be a handgun. The witness pointed out the boy, who was walking up a staircase to Franklin.
The officer used his patrol car’s PA system and ordered the boy to stop. Instead, the boy ran into the school, police said. The officer chased after him, but lost him in the school.
Did the officer give up? Nope, he looked through yearbooks until he found the boy and arrested him. The student had stashed the gun in a trash can. He was booked into juvenile services.
I give so much credit to the witness who actually took the time to let someone know about what he saw and the officer who followed through.