Two Seaside High School students face a number of charges related to possession of a firearm on school grounds.
On Feb. 27, Seaside Police officers arrested a 14-year-old Seaside boy for unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree theft of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and second-degree disorderly conduct.
A second Seaside boy, age 15, was also arrested for unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree disorderly conduct. The teenage boys were both taken to the Seaside Police Department and both were detained by the Clatsop County Juvenile Department.
The Daily Astorian reported that concerned students saw a .22-caliber pistol and reported it to school staff, who contacted Seaside police before noon. Police reportedly recovered an unloaded .22-caliber pistol from a student’s backpack, according to the Astoria-based newspaper.
According to a statement from the City of Seaside, the investigation was initiated by a concerned Seaside High School student who witnessed a serious safety concern and reported to school staff. The school administration contacted the police department immediately and the cooperation between school staff and law enforcement led to the arrests being made, the City said in the statement.
“Thank you to the concerned student who had the strength to stand up and report this serious safety concern to school staff and we commend you for a job well done,” the City’s statement said.
The investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information about this case or other cases is asked to contact Cpl. Jeff Oja with the Seaside Police Department. Oja can be reached at (503) 738-6311.