SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Loaded handguns were found at two schools in the Natomas Unified School District on Tuesday, district officials confirmed.
At Natomas Middle School, a teacher’s assistant found the loaded gun in a trash can when looking for items that could be recyled.
Not long after, the principal spotted a 14-year old student acting suspicious and looking into the same trash can. Sacramento police were called out and arrested the student.
At Discovery High School. a teacher saw a 16-year old student leave his backpack in the library after being called to the principal’s office. The teacher searched the backpack and found the gun. A school resource officer arrested the student.
Both were taken to juvenile hall and charged with bringing a gun onto campus.
“I’m really afraid for my daughter,” middle school parent Fadra Baker said. “Every day that she goes to school now, I’m very afraid. I’m thinking about home-schooling her. It’s coming down to that point where it’s not a safe place to send your kids to school anymore.”
Last week the Natomas Unified school board voted to restore school resource officers to patrol district campuses.
Tuesday was the second time this month that a gun was seized from a student at Natomas Middle School. Officers were called out to the campus at 3200 North Park Drive on Feb. 7 after two students were observed by a teacher passing something back and forth. An unloaded handgun was taken from a 13-year-old student.
Officers determined the student took the gun from a parent and that it was never loaded while in possession of the student, who was charged at juvenile hall with bringing the gun to school.