Tracy High student brings gun to class
by Michael Langley
Aug 29, 2013 | 7854 views | 4 4 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Tracy High student was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 28, when he was found in possession of a handgun while in class.

Another student overheard the boy talking about the gun just after noon Wednesday and alerted Tracy High School resource officer David Bentling, according to Tracy Unified School District spokeswoman Jessica Cardoza.

Bentling, who is in his first year as the THS resource officer, immediately found and arrested the student according to Capt. Jeremy Watney of the Tracy Police Department.

“He followed up on that tip and was able to arrest the student without incident away from the classroom,” Watney said.

The handgun was unloaded and the student was not carrying any ammunition, according to Watney.

The student’s name and age are not being released by police or the school district.

Watney said Bentling also arrested another student, who knew the boy with the gun, for taking a knife onto the campus. The same person reported both students for allegedly possessing weapons. Watney said both boys were booked into the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Center.

The student with the handgun faces charges of possession of a firearm in a school. He and the other student also face charges of possessing weapons on school grounds.

Watney would not say what type of handgun the boy was carrying, because investigators are trying to trace how he got the gun.

Administrators at Tracy High posted the incident on the school’s website and Facebook page Wednesday afternoon and sent an electronic message to parents.

“Something we just tried to communicate in the message home to families was how appreciative we were that students are always on alert and they feel comfortable reporting things like this,” Cardoza said. “That’s what helps keep our schools safe places.”

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August 31, 2013
...explusion, fines, and incarceration would be an appropriate consequence for this clown. After everything this country has been through with gun violence around the country at schools in CT, CO, and other locations, what this clown did by doing this at THS is no joking matter and not worthy of a simple slap on the wrist. What were his intentions by doing this? Demonstrating that he's a really tough clown with a gun? What ever happened to school yard fist fights 40 years ago?
August 30, 2013
Gun to school? YIKES
August 30, 2013
It's a good thing that student spoke up and Officer Bentling was able to take care of this.

I'd hate to think what would happen at Tracy High if we had to rely only on those fat, lazy "security guards" they have on campus. I really can't imagine any of them - or Officer Graham, the other resource officer - pausing the games on their smartphones long enough to handle a situation like this.
September 04, 2013
No I wouldn't say that...

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