Student arrested after traffic stop in Fridley HS parking lot reveals large knives and fake grenade – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A teenage student was arrested outside Fridley High School on Friday after he was found driving through the parking lot with two large knives and a fake grenade in his car.
Officials in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis say around 3 p.m., a school resource officer was alerted that a 17-year-old Fridley High School Online Academy student was driving in the parking lot during the high school dismissal.
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School staff were aware of the student’s existence due to recent suspicious activity, including circling the school parking lot and suspicious comments posted on social media. The student is not required to take classes in the building, as it is part of a full-time online program.
The resource officer arrested the student and detained him. The boy consented to a search of his car, officials said, and the officer found two large knives and a fake grenade inside the vehicle.
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The boy was arrested for possession of dangerous weapons on school property and booked at the regional juvenile center.
The arrest comes as the country grapples with gun violence in schools following a shooting in Texas on Tuesday where a gunman killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers.
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The heightened awareness prompted a Twin Cities high school to close on Friday after an image circulated on social media showing a student holding a gun with the caption “We’re on our way.”