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Franklin High students caught with gun on campus; arrested


by: DAVID F. ASHTON - A disagreement over an alleged drug deal led to two students being arrested here, at Franklin High School, on weapons-related charges. Two Franklin High School students were arrested on January 21, after other students saw a handgun change hands at a nearby Burger King restaurant during the lunch hour.

“During the investigation, officers learned that two 14-year-old male students had a dispute over a previous drug transaction,” explained Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“One of the students stole his parents’ handgun this morning, and brought it to school to demand his money be returned from the alleged drug seller,” Simpson said.

PPB Youth Services Division officers talked with school administrators and the students who saw the gun change hands.

“A 15-year-old associate of the 14-year-old who brought the gun to school obtained the gun after the incident at Burger King and placed the gun into his pocket,” Simpson said.

“The 14-year-old who brought the gun to school and the 15-year-old who later possessed the gun were both arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and lodged at Multnomah County's Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home.”