An Edmond Santa Fe High School student has been arrested after school officials reportedly found marijuana and a handgun in his backpack.
According to reports, a fellow student told a teacher that he or she may have seen a gun in the 15-year-old's backpack. However, the alleged witness did not report the sighting until the end of the day. By that point, the student accused of carrying a gun had already gone home for the day.
The next morning, school officials and a campus resource officer with the Edmond Police Department questioned the boy, who denied carrying a firearm. However, they searched his backpack and allegedly found marijuana, a handgun, and ammunition.
The gun was not loaded, and school officials say the teen had not made any specific threats against Santa Fe students or staff. They call the situation an "isolated incident."
Edmond Santa Fe High School Principal Jason Hayes said in a statement, "The student will receive swift and appropriate consequences in accordance with school board policy, and may face additional criminal charges. Santa Fe administrators will continue to work with local law enforcement in their investigation."
The teen was arrested on complaints of drug and firearm possession.
Although these are serious allegations against the student, he will be treated as a juvenile for the purposes of prosecution and adjudication. Under Oklahoma law, a 15-year-old is only tried as an adult for first degree murder. There are certain circumstances under which a 15-year-old could be tried as a youthful offender, a status which serves as a middle ground between adult prosecution and juvenile adjudication.
Teens aged 15, 16, or 17 are charged as youthful offenders for the following crimes:
- Murder in the second degree,
- Manslaughter in the first degree,
- Robbery with a dangerous weapon or a firearm or attempt thereof,
- Robbery in the first degree or attempt thereof,
- Rape in the first degree or attempt thereof,
- Rape by instrumentation or attempt thereof,
- Forcible sodomy,
- Lewd molestation,
- Arson in the first degree or attempt thereof, or
- Any offense in violation of Section 652 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes;
Teens aged 16 or 17 will also be charged as youthful offenders for the following offenses:
- Burglary in the first degree or attempted burglary in the first degree,
- Battery or assault and battery on a state employee or contractor while in the custody or supervision of the Office of Juvenile Affairs,
- Aggravated assault and battery of a police officer,
- Intimidating a witness,
- Trafficking in or manufacturing illegal drugs,
- Assault or assault and battery with a deadly weapon,
- Residential burglary in the second degree after two or more adjudications that are separated in time for delinquency for committing burglary in the first degree or residential burglary in the second degree,
- Rape in the second degree, or
- Use of a firearm while in commission of a felony if the offense was committed on or after January 1, 1998.
To learn more about juvenile prosecution, or if your child has found himself or herself in legal hot water, call (405) 608-4990 to schedule a free, confidential case review.
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