Student Arrested After Bringing Gun to School
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/24/10
Summary of Event
Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Banks High School on reports that a student may have a gun. Sheriff's Deputies responded, located a student in possession of a gun, and arrested him. He was charged with several crimes.
On September 23, 2010, at about 10:30 am, Banks High School principal called the Washington County Sheriff's Office to report that a student made threats the previous day to shoot two students at school.
Deputies immediately responded to the school and met with administrators.
Deputies found a handgun in a backpack belonging to Austin Cox, age 15, of North Plains. He is a sophomore at the school. Deputies were able to quickly confirm there were no other students that posed a danger at the school. The initial investigation revealed that Mr. Cox was upset with two other students and threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot them.
It appears that Mr. Cox had actually shown another student the gun on a previous day. That student reportedly went home and told a parent about the gun but was not believed.
Sheriff's Deputies learned that one of the students told their parent about threats the previous night and were told to notify the school the next day. It is not known if Mr. Cox had planned to shoot another person. The Sheriff's Office praises the Banks High School for their swift action to avert a potentially dangerous situation.
Austin Cox was arrested and lodged in the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention facility in Portland. He was referred on the following charges:
· Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
· Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in a Public Building
This case is still under investigation.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages parents and students to immediately call 911 in these situations. Law enforcement will investigate and determine if the threat is viable.