Two students at New Valley High School in Santa Clara were arrested by the police on Thursday, which came about after the confiscation of a handgun, KPIX reported.
A fight broke out between the two at about 10 in the morning. The conflict was settled by a staff member who also noticed that one of the learners gave a bystander some kind of object, which is believed to be a handgun, the Santa Clara Unified School District told parents through email at 2 in the afternoon.
The two students involved in the fight, along with another bystander who also attends school, were brought to the school office while authorities came.
The police arrived within three minutes, the district said, and they found a handgun after they conducted a search.
Two students were then arrested for possessing the gun while at school.
“The situation was handled quickly and safely,” the district said through an email, “and the school resumed normal operations by 10:30 a.m.”
The district said that students remained in their classrooms when the police conducted the search.
After the incident, the district reminded parents of the penalties of students bringing weapons to the campus. This can result in expulsion or arrest, it said.
The district also said mental health resources can also be accessed by the students and their families.
“News such as this can cause heightened anxiety, especially in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Michigan,” it told the parents. “While we have security measures in place and a strong partnership with our local law enforcement and school staff, we cannot underestimate the toll we all play in keeping our school safe.”
Those who have been affected by the incident were referred by the district to an online resource CareSolace, which offers multilingual care concierge to support
The school’s site is also open for the students and teachers who need a wellness check-in with the clinical staff of the district.