Armstrong High locked down as student is found with handgun

  • Updated: February 2, 2009 - 8:30 PM

A 17-year-old student fled school authorities, then was bit by a police dog as he was apprehended.

A 17-year-old male student at Armstrong High School in Plymouth apparently brought a gun to school Monday, then fled school authorities, sending the building into a lockdown before police caught the student outside the building.

The student was bit by a police dog as he was being apprehended and was sent to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale for treatment, according to a letter sent to parents from Armstrong Principal David Dahl.

The incident started Monday morning when a school staff member saw the student in the hallway during class and noticed a bulge under his clothes. As the student was being brought into the office, he ran out of the school. Staff immediately locked down the building as a precaution.

When the student was caught by police, they found a handgun on him. Authorities are still investigating who the handgun belonged to and whether the student had it with him while he was in the school.

The letter from Dahl said if the student is found to have had the gun on school premises, he will be suspended, recommended for expulsion and referred to police.

LORA PABST

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