Ventura Police Department

Student Arrested For Bringing Gun to Ventura High

A student at Ventura High School was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to campus, authorities said Tuesday afternoon.

The 17-year-old male student brought the gun to the school Tuesday morning, and the school received an anonymous tip that the weapon was on campus around 11:20 a.m., according to Sgt. Tom Higgins of the Ventura Police Department.

Police located the .25-caliber loaded handgun in the student's backpack.

"He did not resist arrest. The incident overall went relatively unnoticed by the other students. The officers had kind of kept it out of the view of the other students, so it went well," Higgins said.

Higgins said no other students were ever in any danger.

He never brandished the gun, according to a Dr. Trudy Tuttle Arriaga, superintendent for Ventura Unified School District.

The high school senior was arrested without incident, she said.

Students, parents and teachers were immediately informed of the incident, Arriaga said.

"Shouldn't happen here, this is Ventura High School, come on," said Glorifin Santiago, a parent of a student at the school. "Nothing like this happens."

School authorities said the teen has also now been expelled from school.

Vanessa Ruiz contributed to this report.

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