Two students arrested at North St Paul high school with a fake gun

Police said the school received a second threat the same day.

Edgar Linares
January 10, 2019 - 7:49 pm

By Edgar Linares

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Two high school students from North St Paul are in serious trouble after they were arrested with a “replica” handgun at North High School.

Investigators said the students were brandishing the gun pointing it at other kids inside a boys bathroom Thursday afternoon, which triggered a call to police and a lock down.

“Roughly around 12:40 [pm] we had a call about a student with a handgun up at the high school in one of the bathrooms there,” said North St. Paul Police Captain Dustin Nikituk. “Our school resource officer was the first person scene.”

He said within minutes they located the students in the bathroom and took them into custody without incident. He said the gun was a “replica glock” and it didn’t have an orange tip, which put officers into a potentially deadly situation.

“It looked just like the weapons we carry. It had the same serial number under the barrel,” said Captain Nikituk. “If they don’t have anything orange on them it does look like a real firearm and can be unfortunately mistaken for a real firearm. It can be a deadly force situation.”

Police said the school received a second threat the same day at 1:40 pm. A third student posted on Instagram “a shooting was about to take place”, according to police.

“They referred to it as another gun still being in the school that was not located by police,” said the Captain. “We felt it was very credible and it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Police locked down the school again and did a search but found nothing. School administrators are dealing with that student directly.

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