A teenager brandished a smallcaliber handgun during lunch in the Mead High School parking lot Friday.
Spokane County sheriff’s deputies recovered the gun later, but have made no arrests.
The youth and two others - none of them students - came onto the Mead campus at lunch, said Assistant Principal Bruce Olgard. Two entered the building, confronted a student and persuaded him to go outside.
A large group of students followed, either to see a fight or defend the student, Olgard said.
At that point, one of the nonstudents displayed a gun and waved it around.
“He got nervous when he saw the large number of our students. He was probably just fearful,” Olgard said. The three drove off in a brown Nissan Stanza as school administrators came out of the building.
The teenagers tossed the gun from the car.
“If it wasn’t for our students we would not have recovered the firearm and gotten such good descriptions of the car and the occupants of the vehicle,” Olgard said.
The sheriff’s department was unable to provide information on the gun’s caliber or whether it was loaded.