Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Teen Charged in School Scare

Teen Charged in School Scare

    Boise, May 31, 2007 - Boise Police have arrested and charged a 15 year old boy in connection with an incident that caused Borah High school to be locked down earlier this morning.

    The teen is charged with:

  • Bringing a Weapon onto School Grounds (misdemeanor)
  • Disorderly Conduct (misdemeanor)

    Both charges are being filed in juvenile court. The teens name is being withheld because of his age. He is a former Borah High student, not currently enrolled in the school.

    Police believe the weapon the student carried was brass knuckles. Although witnesses initially reported they thought they saw a gun, at this point, detectives have found no evidence of a gun being involved in the incident.

    Officers learned through their investigation that, at one point, prior to making contact with the students, the suspect had walked on school grounds carrying the brass knuckles.

    What Happened: At approx. 10:00 a.m., students reported to school officials that they saw a boy at the school fence with a weapon. They also say the boy yelled threats toward the students.

    School Resource Officers were able to obtain good information from the student witnesses on the identity of the suspect. With that information, officers were able to locate the teen walking near the intersection of Overland and Curtis. The teen was taken into custody without incident.

    According to the Boise School District, the lock down at Borah High lasted approx. 30 minutes, until 10:30, when officers were able to determine the suspect was no longer in the area. Boise Police appreciate the quick response of officials at Borah High School and the good information provided by the students that enabled officers to locate the teenage suspect and allow school operations to continue normally.