The East Valley School District hired a uniformed police officer to stand guard at the high school this week, after a student who brought a gun to school Feb. 4 and threatened a teacher was released from jail Friday.
The 15-year-old boy was released from the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center under electronic home monitoring, said East Valley Principal Jeff Miller.
The student’s name is being withheld because he is a minor, Miller said.
On Friday, Miller attended a hearing at the detention center, asking the judge to consider holding the teen until he had received some professional help from counselors.
“I wanted to make sure that prior to his release that he was fully evaluated, that treatment has started and that there is documented success with regard to that treatment,” Miller said.
He was released to his parents under strict home monitoring.
The boy was charged with second-degree assault in the Feb. 4 incident, in which he brought a loaded .22-caliber, six-shot revolver to school and threatened a teacher with it, police said.
The student approached teacher Stephanie Lund and asked to enter her classroom to speak with his former girlfriend.
Lund said no, and the boy pulled the gun from his pocket and pointed it in her face, said Cpl. Dave Reagan, Spokane Valley police spokesman.
Lund talked the student into putting the gun away and alerted a security officer, who took the boy to a counselor’s office before taking the gun from him.
The school was locked down during the incident.
“There are two questions that come to mind now. One, are we safe? And two, do we feel safe?” Miller said. “The security of a uniformed police officer is for both of those. He will not only help keep us safe, but more importantly he will make us feel safe.”
East Valley is the only Spokane Valley school district that does not have a school resource deputy on staff. Central Valley, University and West Valley high schools all have an in-house uniformed officer at the school daily.
“We’re in the process of evaluating the benefits of that,” Miller said.
East Valley does have two private security officers that work at the school.
Lund, who took last week off, returned to work Monday, Miller said.
“Things are getting back to normal a little bit every day,” Miller said. “We like that.”
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