Another student overheard the boy talking about the gun just after noon Wednesday and alerted Tracy High School resource officer David Bentling, according to Tracy Unified School District spokeswoman Jessica Cardoza.
Bentling, who is in his first year as the THS resource officer, immediately found and arrested the student according to Capt. Jeremy Watney of the Tracy Police Department.
“He followed up on that tip and was able to arrest the student without incident away from the classroom,” Watney said.
The handgun was unloaded and the student was not carrying any ammunition, according to Watney.
The student’s name and age are not being released by police or the school district.
Watney said Bentling also arrested another student, who knew the boy with the gun, for taking a knife onto the campus. The same person reported both students for allegedly possessing weapons. Watney said both boys were booked into the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Center.
The student with the handgun faces charges of possession of a firearm in a school. He and the other student also face charges of possessing weapons on school grounds.
Watney would not say what type of handgun the boy was carrying, because investigators are trying to trace how he got the gun.
Administrators at Tracy High posted the incident on the school’s website and Facebook page Wednesday afternoon and sent an electronic message to parents.
“Something we just tried to communicate in the message home to families was how appreciative we were that students are always on alert and they feel comfortable reporting things like this,” Cardoza said. “That’s what helps keep our schools safe places.”
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