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NCHS student arrested for possession of firearm at school Tuesday

Natrona County High School (Gregory Hirst)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Natrona County High School student has been arrested and charges are pending after the student was found to be in possession of a firearm at the school Tuesday, according to Casper Police Lt. Scott Jones.

Jones told Oil City News that the student was reportedly showing off the firearm to other students, after which the incident was reported to staff.

The school went into lockdown, and CPD officers contacted the student. The firearm was located and recovered. The student was detained by law enforcement and subsequently arrested, Lt. Jones said.

Jones said district officials and officers searched the school, and there is no ongoing threat to the school or the community. 

As of 9:47 a.m. the lockdown at NCHS has been lifted and school operations are planned to resume as normal under “heightened awareness,” the district said. Surrounding schools were also under “lockout” for a brief time, during which operations continued as usual within the schools while outside events were canceled and entry and exit were restricted.


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