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Child brings gun to school

News from Lake County Sheriff Don Bell 

ARLEE – On Oct. 31, at 7:41 a.m., the Lake County School Resource Deputy assigned to Arlee schools was notified that a child had brought a gun to school on the bus.  

The deputy was informed by school administration that the weapon was confiscated from the child and that there was no longer any imminent danger. The deputy immediately responded to the school, secured the weapon and determined there was no immediate threat to the safety of others at the school.  

Prior to the deputy’s arrival, the child had been sent home with a parent. An immediate follow-up interview was conducted with the child and parent at the child’s home. A misdemeanor citation for possession of a weapon in a school building was issued and the child was left in the custody of the parent. This was later followed up by a referral to the Department of Family Services.

The youth was not arrested and placed into secure detention due to the fact that this misdemeanor crime doesn’t fall under the criteria of Montana Code Annotated 41-5-206 and references to eligible offenses for detention in Montana Code Annotated 41-5-206.

The Sheriff would like to extend his appreciation to School Resource Deputy Clay Shoemaker for his proper response and thorough investigation as well as to Arlee school officials whose actions prevented potential tragedy. 

Editor’s note: Arlee Superintendent James Baldwin said the incident involved a high school student and was unable to comment further. The Arlee School District is holding a community meeting to discuss the incident at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the old high school gym. 


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